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Satchel Paige: Baseball Before Jackie Robinson

A new biography explores the prowess and personality of sports legend Satchel Paige.

There is endless debate about how the greatest players in baseball's Negro Leagues would have fared if they had been given a chance to compete side by side with the mainstream major leaguers in the days before baseball was integrated. But there's no question that one such athlete would have been a star no matter where he played: pitcher Satchel Paige.

See also: Earnie Banks a beacon for baseball.

Larry Tye has written a new biography of the man he calls an "American legend." And he shares the colorful stories, the proud and sad moments, and the eventual triumph of this unique character with Prime Time Radio host Mike Cuthbert. Watch an excerpt, above. Or listen to our whole audio interview below.

Special bonus: read an excerpt of Larry Tye's Satchel Paige biography here.

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