In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call--Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitching--with his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger"-- kept the game close. Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness--and the injustice of segregated baseball?
Something to Prove
Lerner Publishing Group
Rookie Joe Dimaggio vs. the Great Satchel Paige