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Title The pitcher and the dictator : Satchel Paige's unlikely season in the Dominican Republic / Averell "Ace" Smith.
Author Smith, Averell, author.
Publication Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
Description xii, 211 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 796.357 PAIGE S
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-205) and index.
Contents Preface : Recovery of a Lost History -- Trujillo City -- Time to Get a Job -- Show Me the Money -- Chapita -- The Americans -- A Long, Lanky Black Boy by the Name of Satchell -- Trujillo Es El Jefe -- Opening Day Away -- Royal Prerogative -- Total Catastrophe -- The Stars Arrive -- Después de la Victoria -- Nuevos Rumbos -- Black Babe Ruth -- Fiesta de la Chapita -- The Maestro's Coda -- The Heartbreaking End of Josh Gibson -- The Fall of Trujillo -- The Persevering Paige -- "El Gamo" -- Y Otras -- Epilogue : Tenth Inning -- Appendix : Notes on Paige's Magical Pitching.
Summary "Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic [for] a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. ... After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of [the murderous] Trujillo. In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of [American Southern] segregation, Satchel and his recruits spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games [to other all-stars] ...Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. The American players believed they might be lined up and shot if they lost the tournament. When Paige's team ultimately rallied to win, it barely registered with Trujillo, who a few months later ordered the killings of fifteen thousand Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paige and his teammates returned to the states to face banishment from the Negro Leagues, but ironically they barnstormed across America wearing their Trujillo All-Stars uniforms."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.
Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leónidas, 1891-1961.
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (Baseball team) -- History.
Baseball -- Dominican Republic -- History.
Dominican Republic -- History -- 1930-1961.
Pitchers (Baseball) -- United States -- Biography.
African American baseball players -- Biography.
Atrocities -- Dominican Republic -- History.
Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982. (OCoLC)fst01428054
Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leónidas, 1891-1961. (OCoLC)fst00017561
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (Baseball team) (OCoLC)fst01612374
African American baseball players. (OCoLC)fst00799042
Baseball. (OCoLC)fst00827904
Pitchers (Baseball) (OCoLC)fst01064892
Dominican Republic. (OCoLC)fst01206148
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1930-1961
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781496205490 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1496205499 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)

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