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Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  9 reviews

Before Jackie Robinson integrated major league baseball in 1947, black and white ballplayers had been playing against one another for decades—even, on rare occasions, playing with each other. Interracial contests took place during the off-season, when major leaguers and Negro Leaguers alike fattened their wallets by playing exhibitions in cities and towns across America. T
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2010)
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Eric Stone
A very interesting period of baseball history and three really fascinating characters should have added up to a better book than this. There was plenty of fun stuff, stories here and there some of which I already knew and some of which I didn't, but it was more like a long recitation of whatever facts the author could dredge up about the integrated barnstorming during off-season baseball in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. There was a lot more concern for unearthing statistics about the games and playe ...more
I never got the sense of an overall thesis - this was a recounting of the experiences of Dean, Paige and Roberts.

Dean and Paige were very focused on making money. They were showmen first, in many ways, and ball players second. I was distressed that they would leave in the 5th inning to get to their next gig. I have, I realize, an idealized view of baseball. Owners certainly were out to make money as well, and they thought little of the source of their income - players were often poorly paid, and
The stories were awesome. I love putting a personality to Satchel. I think a little less about Dizzy, though. Rapid Robert, I've met. I'd like to find out more about him.
Tj Lange
This book could have been a lot better. I have read many pieces on barnstorming and this one would fall in the bottom half. The author has such an amazing topic to write on yet misses the plate. He was all over the place and several times I had to re-read to follow along. I am Disappointed as I had high expectations that weren't close to met. I was extremely surprised to see from the author's bio that this book wasnt his first attempt at baseball because as I was reading I thought he was new to ...more
So much about baseball I don't know or remember. Although I ended up skimming a good bit because of all the individuals and stats I really wasn't interested in, I loved the stories of these three baseball greats. And the best part is that my dad was one of the semi-pros in the early 30s who actually got a couple hits off of Satchel Paige when he came to Philllipsburg, NJ for a barnstorming game (though the game wasn't covered in this book).
David Isgur
Author Timothy Gay shines a bright line on a part of baseball lore that is unknown by most current baseball fans. His book really captures the ear of inter-racial barnstorming in baseball, and bring s to light some of great players of the Negro Leagues! I very much enjoyed his work.
Jeff Pollard
really dry reading. like taking box scores from the 30' and writing an article for the sports page, over and over, and over, and over. Not a lot of anecdotes or memories. Guess the main characters being dead for a while is part of the problem. A documentary. Not a Saga.
Clif Smith
The shelf should be "sorta read." I skimmed a lot and jumped to the end. After a number of stories and background, it became little more that game statistics and who pitched, hit, or got drunk after the games. Not one of the best baseball books.
Michael Webb
Pretty much what the title promises-a fairly detailed, very readable look at the wild days of postseason barnstorming during the 1930s and 40s.
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