If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige

Written by:
Donald Spivey
Narrated by:
Terrence Kidd

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2022
14 hours 5 minutes
If You Were Only White explores the legacy of one of the most exceptional athletes ever-an entertainer extraordinaire, a daring showman and crowd-pleaser, a wizard with a baseball whose artistry and antics on the mound brought fans out in the thousands to ballparks across the country. Leroy 'Satchel' Paige was arguably one of the world's greatest pitchers and a premier star of Negro Leagues Baseball. But in this biography, Donald Spivey reveals Paige to have been much more than just a blazing fastball pitcher.

Spivey follows Paige from his birth in Alabama in 1906 to his death in Kansas City in 1982, detailing the challenges Paige faced battling the color line in America and recounting his tests and triumphs in baseball. He also opens up Paige's private life during and after his playing days, introducing listeners to the man who extended his social, cultural, and political reach beyond the limitations associated with his humble background.

Paige's life intertwined with many of the most important issues of the times in US and African American history. Spivey incorporates interviews with former teammates conducted over twelve years, as well as exclusive interviews with Paige's son Robert, daughter Pamela, Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe, and John 'Buck' O'Neil to tell the story of a pioneer who helped transform America through the nation's favorite pastime.
1 book added to cart
View Cart