MAYRE I'LL PITCH FOREVER by

MAYRE I'LL PITCH FOREVER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the story of the Negro pitcher who has certainly shown the longest life expectancy in what has always been a young man's game; he has also been the biggest drawing card in the business since Babe Ruth (his words); and at the age of 53 he's still barnstorming in the Negro Leagues where he pitched through the years with the exception of 1948 1949, when he was signed by the Indians after the color line was broken, and again 1951-1952. In his own words, and not particularly modest manner, he tells the story of his life; of the blazing fastball he threw after firing rocks as a child (it can ""nip the frosting off a cake""); of two marriages, one unhappy, one rewarded with six children; of the regretful refrain of all managers through the years- ""if you were only white""- but his constant crowd appeal for both black and white...Satchel was called by a sportswriter a ""Paul Bunyan"" of the mound- but one can question whether the legend lives on; today's viewers have their eyes on another timeless wonder, Warren Spahn, and as for the game's readers, both Campanella and Jackie Robinson, better known to begin with, have told more interesting stories.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday