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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. IlluIn 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. Illustrations....

Title : Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio
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Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio Reviews

  • Jill
    2019-06-23 08:15

    In the winter of 1936, the manager of the New York Yankees wanted to test a 21-year-old prospect named Joe DiMaggio. He couldn’t think of any better way to see how he held up before a top pitcher than to call upon Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige. Paige was thought to be the greatest pitcher in the world, but he was excluded from major league baseball because of his race. But he wouldn’t turn down the opportunity for a game. On February 7, 1936, the Dick Bartell All-Stars, a white barnstorming team, met the Satchel Paige All-Stars in an exhibition game.They went ten innings, with the score deadlocked 1-1, with Paige striking out fourteen major leaguers. Then at his fourth at-bat, DiMaggio bounced a hard ball to the pitcher’s mound. Paige knocked the ball toward the second baseman, who seemed to freeze. DiMaggio got to first base and Bartell, who had singled and then stolen two bases, made it home. DiMaggio was ecstatic to get a hit off of Satchel Paige, and the Yankees scout telegrammed the Yankees:"DIMAGGIO ALL WE HOPED HE’D BE. HIT SATCH ONE FOR FOUR.”But Paige was the real star of the game. DiMaggio later said Paige was “the best and fastest pitcher I ever faced.” Casey Stengel, a well-known American Major League Baseball outfielder and one-time manager of both the New York Yankees and New York Mets, agreed, noting "He threw as far from the bat and as close to the plate as anyone I ever saw." Nevertheless, no would sign Paige to the major league because he was black. As the author reports, “Phillies manager Connie Mack stated he’d pay one hundred thousand dollars [over $1.7 million in today’s dollars, at a time when the top paid man in baseball - the commissioner - made less than $50,000 a year] to sign Satchel . . . if only he were white.” [The highest paid player on the Yankees in 1936 was Lou Gehrig, who pulled in $23,000 a year. Most players made under $10,000 a year.]The story concludes by reporting that twelve years later, and one year after Jackie Robinson broke the color line, Satchel was hired by the St. Louis Browns at 42 years old - the oldest rookie ever.An Author’s Note at the end of the book gives more facts about DiMaggio and Paige and a selected bibliography.The multiple award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper uses grainy sepia-toned illustrations to lend a historical feel to the story. The soft focus is surprisingly effective for the action sequences as well, such as when Satchel is sliding toward base, or Joe is kicking the dirt on the field.Evaluation: The author does an excellent job at telling the story as if you were watching the play-by-play on the television, in a way that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages as they can’t wait to see what happens next. He also manages subtly to convey a lesson about the recent history of racism in America, the unfairness of Jim Crow, and the love of sports in spite of everything. It’s a great story!Rating: 4.5/5

  • Ann
    2019-06-30 09:02

    It's always great to see any book about Satchel Paige--and this one is no exception. I almost died when I saw that Floyd Cooper did the illustrations. He's in great form and can capture the baseball milieu. My one small criticism: this book advertizes itself as a dual biography and there's too little about Dimaggio.

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2019-06-24 08:09

    Another interesting piece of baseball history.

  • Emma Aly
    2019-07-01 08:10

    This book tells the story of a game between Satchel Paige and Joe Dimaggio. Paige was known as the best pitcher around. Dimaggio was a rookie expected to do great things. Dimaggio and his team of white major league players had a strong upperhand against Paige and his team of amateur African American players. Is Dimaggio able to prove his skill? Does Paige show off his ability to the prejudiced major league fans and players? I think this is a pretty good book. I think the story is very interesting and provides a good conversation point for young children when learning about segregation. I think it is a little wordy at times and may be difficult for young students to read and comprehend.I might recommend this to upper elementary students who may not enjoy reading but enjoy sports. I would be cautious to recommend this to struggling readers though.

  • Carson Atkin
    2019-06-30 10:01

    Skead, R., & Cooper, F. (2013). Something to prove: The great Satchel Paige vs. rookie Joe DiMaggio. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books.Something to Prove is filled with drama and provides a full immersion experience when describing a baseball game, along with action shot pictures. Joe DiMaggio, a rookie player trying to prove himself worthy of the big leagues faces off against a seasoned veteran who - while he has never been allowed to play major league baseball because of the color of his skin - is known as an incredible player. DiMaggio must pour everything he has into a game that will propell him into a historic career. However this book has a lot to do with racial justice as well, and as it is a true story, the inside cover is adorned with real photos and historic excerpts of their lives

  • Francesca Justine
    2019-06-26 15:07

    This book was a great non fiction story about race and justice in america. This book took place in 1936. This was a time where african americans were judges and looked at differently then white americans. These two african americans had something to prove in the baseball community. The illustrations were amazing and brought the words to life. The writing also brought a lot of new vocabulary.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-24 11:07

    well - written, succinct discussion of a single day in baseball history. followed by an overall picture of race in baseball. excellent for young readers.

  • Alison
    2019-07-02 13:20

    One of the highlights of my trip to Cooperstown, NY in the fall of 2010 was seeing Satchel Paige's plaque. Here was a man that my grandfather probably saw on one of his famous barn storm tours. Satchel is a legend in the game I love who was barred from playing in the major leagues for most of his career due to to color of his skin.Here comes a story of one of those famous barn storming games, where he actually did play a game against another giant, a peer among the legends of baseball, Joe DiMaggio. Joe was a young up and coming player in 1936, not yet signed by the New York Yankees! It's a story I never heard of before, and kudos to Robert Skead and FLoyd Cooper for bringing this chapter of baseball history to life in a great new picture book from Carolrhoda Books. This one is a must for baseball lovers of all ages. Great for read aloud in a story time or classroom setting (book reports anyone?) for children ages 6 and 1936, DiMaggio had yet to become Joltin' Joe or The Clipper as generations of baseball fans have come to know him. He was still a rookie, playing for the San Francisco Seals with his brother Vince. The New York Yankees were very interested in this up and coming 21 year old player, but wanted proof he was the real deal. Enter Satchel Paige-and the barn storm game in Oakland, CA that was set up would be DiMaggio's try out for the New York Yankees. As a Yankee fan, it's amazing to think how everything would have gone down if he had not performed to expectations against the master pitcher, Satchel Paige. In the end, a hard fought game ended with the victory going to Joe DiMaggio's SF Seals (does anyone know if the questionable call at first in bottom of the 9th was ever addressed?). The telegram to Yankee Management after the game was as follows, " DIMAGGIO ALL WE HOPED HE'D BE. HIT SATCH ONE FOR FOUR" DiMaggio passed the audition, by only getting one hit off of Paige-amazing to consider.Cooper's art here is stunning. Reminiscent of old photographs and film footage that may have faded over the years-the story leaps from each page through his art. Facial expressions of each of the characters is spot on, a green yet formidable hitter in DiMaggio trying to prove himself against the powerhouse that was Paige. The stoic and professional posture of Paige on the mound, ready to deliver a pitch he knew not many hitters would even dare to attempt a swing at.So DiMaggio went on to baseball immortality with the Yankees. Baseball may not have been enlightened enough in 1936 to sign Satchel Paige as the first African American player, that would come in another 11 years when the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson. Paige was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first African American player to be inducted to the Hall in 1971, 11 years after Joltin' Joe.u

  • Merin
    2019-07-19 12:05

    As a huge baseball fan, I was surprised that I'd never heard that DiMaggio faced Satchel Paige once upon a time. I liked this story, particularly how it focused on just how great Paige was, and how even the white players who faced him gave him due credit. It's unfortunate that racial relations were what they were, because Paige very much deserved to play in the huge stadiums in front of thousands of fans.One thing that struck me in the writing of this book, though, was the vocabulary used. Words like "barnstorming" and "flummoxed" aren't in my students' vocabulary at all, and while I'm always excited about books that teach them new words, I think this one would definitely be something that would need to be read aloud so that the reader could discuss the word choices with the students. I think it would be too difficult of a book for my readers who gravitate toward the picture books.Still, this is a very well put together book, and I'm glad I gave it a read! I will keep it in mind when it comes time to put together my next book order.***To see more of my reviews, please visit me @ Read and Reviewed!

  • Barbara
    2019-06-20 12:01

    Once again the fight for civil rights is played out on baseball's infields. Drawing on a little-known incident involving two men who have something to prove (Satchel Paige, the great pitcher, and Joe Dimaggio, the rookie looking to make a name for himself as a hitter), this picture book describes what happens when they meet on the field. Despite his prowess, Paige was not allowed to play in the major leagues due to the color of his skin. He accepts an invitation from the New York Yankees general manager to pitch against Dimaggio. Dimaggio is delighted when he eventually manages to get a hit off the great athlete. The story makes it clear that both men have respect for one another, and the back matter poignantly describes how Paige has to wait 12 more years before he can play Major League Baseball. The Author's Note also provides information about the debate over whether Negro League players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame would have their plaques hung in the main wing or a separate wing. As always with the work of Floyd Cooper, the illustrations are memorable and filled with a zest for life and the love of the game. This title is a worthy addition to a text set on baseball and one on civil rights.

  • Maggie Mattmiller
    2019-06-24 16:11

    As usual, I'm happy to learn about an event and a person I previously knew nothing about, but is a great and important person/story to know about. While sometimes I feel like the books don't quite tell enough, or leave me wanting to know more, this one I actually think is a bit too wordy. I quickly realized what the purpose of the book was, and what the relationship was going to be. I love the quote by Joe Dimaggio about Satch. I'm not trying to say the other characters/people are not important, but unfortunately, but introducing other people and their names, it takes a bit away from the story we are supposed to be focusing on. Yes let's learn about other lesser known people in history, but I think my students would get lost in the other names and their stories. There's too much going on by focusing on all the details of that game, rather than just the interactions and happenings of the two we are focusing on. Other people may disagree, and big baseball fans may love the details of the whole game, I just thought it lost its focus. If it was too wordy for me, I think for sure it'd be too much for my students.

  • Carol
    2019-07-15 11:08

    Although Satchel Paige was not allowed to play in the major leagues due to his skin color, the big wigs knew and respected his skills. This gorgeously illustrated picture book biography tells of how the Yankees tested Joe DiMaggio’s talent by pitting him against the great Paige in a barnstormer game. Satchel was playing with an unskilled team against a whole team of major-leaguers. That didn’t worry him any. He threw his incredible arsenal of amazing pitches as well as provided some hits for his team. It came down to a tie and extra innings. Joe DiMaggio was up at bat for the fourth time! He finally got a hit! Now the Yankee scout could report to the owners that DiMaggio was as great as they had hoped; he had batted 1 for 4 on Satchel Paige. DiMaggio went on to help his team win the World Series that year. Satchel Paige continued playing in the Negro Leagues and barnstorming in the off season. He would eventually get a chance at the majors, but not for quite a while after being the test for Joe DiMaggio! Whether you are an avid baseball fan or just a casual reader, you will be charmed by this wonderful story of two incredible athletes!

  • Eli
    2019-07-19 10:20

    This biography is about Satchell Paige and Joe DiMaggio. They were baseball players in the minor leagues in1936. Satchell Paige was an awesome, if not the best, pitcher in the world at that time, but they wouldn’t let him play in the major leagues because of the color of his skin. He played in the Negro Leagues.. Joe DiMaggio was a rookie trying to get good enough to be on the New York Yankees. Joe was white so he could play in the major leagues. This book tells about a game where Joe and Satchell faced off. Joe proved that he was good enough to be in the major leagues because he got a hit (one out of four) off of Satchell and that was really hard. DiMaggio was drafted to the Yankees, but Paige was not. Using text to text analysis, Howard Thurman and Satchell Paige are a lot alike. They both were African American men in the early part of the 1900s. They both overcome big struggles because of the color of their skin. They have to work harder than other people to achieve their goals.

  • Melissa
    2019-07-15 14:18

    Something to Prove is an absolutely beautiful book. Illustrator Floyd Cooper has done it again, his illustrations are stunning. His pointalism style gives the book a wonderful old timey quality that blends perfectly with the historical story. I have loved all of his books and this one is no different.The story is based on the game that pitted Joe Dimaggio against Satchel Paige, the game that led Dimaggio into the Major League. In 1936, the Yankee manager wanted to see if Dimaggio was as good as he seemed so he had Satchel Paige pitch against him. Robert Skead does a fine job of telling the story and presenting intriguing and appealing characters. This is a great book for looking at a conflicted time for our nation’s pastime. While Satchel Paige may have been considered the greatest pitcher he was still not allowed to play in the Major Leagues. It can lead to great discussion starters and is still a good read for younger elementary kids. 5/5 stars

  • Barbara
    2019-07-21 10:50

    Dual on the diamond.Rookie Joe Dimaggio needs to prove his stuff against the best, and the best was Satchel Paige. Paige is inelligible for the major leagues because of the color of his skin, so DiMaggio joined the barnstorming Dick Bartell's All-Stars and a game was arranged with the Satchel Paige All-Stars. The showdown was set for February 7 in Oakland California. This was the only time two of the best ball players of the Twentieth century would meet on a baseball diamond. Each man had something to prove, and each walked off the field with the respect of the other. DiMaggio earned a place on the Yankees ball team, but it took another 12 years for Paige to finally be welcomed into the big leagues and become the oldest rookie in the history of baseball at 42.DiMaggio said of Paige, "The best and fastest pitcher I ever faced."

  • Betsy
    2019-06-30 08:59

    What a great companion to a book like We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. In fact, if I hadn't just read Nelson's book, I might not have followed Something to Prove as well as I did. This standoff between Paige and DiMaggio is an important one--it shows the segregation issues present in major league baseball (like so many other areas of society). Skead's word choice in this picture book will make it inaccessible to younger readers unless they are heavy baseball fans or reading this with someone older (baseball lingo like "barnstorming" and such). Still, for kindergarten and up, it's a great choice for a sports book. Cooper's illustrations are, as always, stellar!

  • Jessica Lane
    2019-07-14 13:56

    Something to Prove by Robert Skead is the story of the epic baseball showdown between Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio. Joe DiMaggio had to play against Satch to prove that he could play in the major leagues, even though Satch wasn't a major leaguer. He was still the best pitcher in the world.This was a really great book! I have obviously heard of Joe DiMaggio, but I had never heard this story. I had never even heard of Satchel Paige. It broke my heart that he didn't get to play professional baseball until he was 42 years old. The illustrations by Floyd Cooper were beautiful.I would definitely keep this book in my classroom. Boys who love baseball would really enjoy this book. There are also several books that could be paired with it for a larger book study. It could be paired with A Nation's Hope by Matt de la Pena for a study in civil rights and sports.

  • Diane
    2019-07-01 15:12

    "The best and fastest pitcher I have ever faced." Joe Dimaggio (about Satchel Paige)To prove you're the best, you must go up against the best. Wanting a young Joe Dimaggio to prove himself, the Yankees set up a game for Joe and some major leaguers to play against Satchel Paige's all-stars. This story outlines the details of the game that was played that day and the outcome.This was such an interesting read and will be a delight for students who are baseball fans ... especially if they've never heard of Satchel Paige. Could be a springboard to learn more about perhaps "the greatest pitcher of all time." Tackles such themes as racial inequality and the prejudicial treatment of players during that time period, this could be a real eye-opening read for students.

  • Arinn Wall
    2019-07-07 13:52

    This book tells the story of a baseball game set up to test out the Yankee's prospective rookie player, Joe Dimaggio. Dimaggio had to hit against Satchel Paige, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, who couldn't play in the Major Leages because he was black. This book describes the game in an exciting and engaging way, and it tells how the two baseball players went on in their careers to become some of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.I really enjoyed this book. Instead of just presenting facts, it told the story of the two players in an exciting way.I would definitely recommend this book for any kid in my classroom, especially those who love sports. It incorporates history with sports in a fun and educational way.

  • The Reading Countess
    2019-07-04 09:20

    The true story of rookie Dimaggio's test run to see if he was really ready for the big leagues. Paired up with the best pitcher at the time, Satchel Paige gave him a run for his money. We all know the outcome, of course, but probably not this slice of baseball history. The information from the author's note at the end is equally as intriguing as the book itself. The looming and colorful illustrations work as a powerful partner to the story of America's greatest ball players. Something to Prove would make a great addition to any classroom teacher's collection, especially enjoyed during February's Black History Month.*NetGalley provided

  • Holly
    2019-07-04 13:56

    The New York Yankees put Joe DiMaggio to the test in 1936 to see if he could play in the big leagues. The test? Satchel Paige, a pitcher known to be the best, even though he had to continue to play in the Negro Leagues. I love this story and the tension and excitement Skead builds as the standoff develops. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how the text wraps itself around some of them. I love the page that shows Satch walking by the Yankees' dugout, tipping his cap and locking eyes with DiMaggio. I love the sepia tones and Satch's ultimate triumph. I look forward to sharing this book with my students.

  • Penny Peck
    2019-06-29 14:59

    What could have been an engaging factual picture book is hurt by a text that is a little boring; too much description of on-field action becomes repetitive. In 1936, Joe DiMaggio and some other NY Yankees played a group of Negro League players led by pitcher Satchel Paige, to see if DiMaggio was ready for the big leagues. The illustrations, done in a soft-focused style in what appears to be pastel chalk, also have a "sameness" that doesn't lead to any excitement. More details, such as where in Oakland this occurred, would be welcome.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-07-16 09:20

    Great story that informs the reader about one important day in the lives of baseball greats Joe Dimaggio and Satchel Paige. I, of course, knew of Joe Dimaggio, but Satchel Paige was someone new for me. I would love to do a closer reading of this text and find spots that show characterization of this baseball player! I felt this book would give a lot of readers (3rd grade and up) something to talk about. The author's notes at the end were helpful because since this book was a "day in the life of" book, I still wanted to know what happened to Satchel Paige.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-06-22 09:10

    This tells the story of rookie DiMaggio being tested against the best. He would have to try to hit against the undisputed best pitcher- who was pitching in the Negro League. You don't need to be a baseball fan to appreciate the intensity (and imbalance) of the challenge game. Both personalities shine through, as does Satchel's talent. DiMaggio passed his test, and Paige was told he'd be signed in a minute as a top-salaried player, if only he were white. The final pages and author's note provide further details on his eventual arrival in the major leagues, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Eva Best
    2019-07-14 08:55

    This is a great book for baseball lovers! I am not personally one, but I know that young kids who love a good baseball story will love this show down between two of the best baseball players in history! The illustrations helped you see and understand the book and it was written in a clear way. I would use this as a read aloud or just have it in the classroom for kids to learn about people of history.

  • Booklady
    2019-07-13 09:54

    Joe DiMaggio's final interview with the New York Yankees was in Oakland, California. DiMaggio was playing in an exhibition game and being pitched to by Satchel Paige, probably the greatest pitcher of all time. Joe DiMaggio hit one time out of four at bats and this confirmed that the Yankees were going to hire him and he was going to do well. The illustrations are subtle and almost like impressionist paintings by Georges Seurat.

  • Liz
    2019-07-11 11:54

    As a baseball fan, I didn't know this "showdown" had occurred. It is good to be reminded of the inequalities that existed among people in all areas, including sports. And it wasn't really all that long ago!! I am curious about the voice of both players, Paige and Dimaggio, being heard throughout the story. It makes the story personal, but I'd like a little more explanation. There is an author's note and bibliography in the back matter.

  • Becky
    2019-07-21 14:09

    A nonfiction picture book about the day that a rookie, Joe DiMaggio, was tested to see if he really had the talent the scouts thought he did, by facing Satchel Paige. Paige was not allowed to play in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin. (He became the oldest rookie ever by playing in his first Major League game at the age of 42.) DiMaggio was declared "all we hoped he'd be" by hitting Paige "one for four." Amazing.

  • Karen Arendt
    2019-07-02 08:17

    This book reads almost like a sportscaster calling a baseball game. Joe DiMaggio needed to prove he was a worthy rookie to sign with the Yankees. Satchel was asked to come in to "test" Joe. This story. S as. Much about baseball,l as it is about racial inequality in the 1920s and 1930s. This would e a great companion to Jackie Robinson books.

  • Marni Fagan
    2019-07-17 08:14

    This is a very educational book on the idea of diversity and segregation. It helps educate students on the struggle African American's had to go through to be accepted as equals. This would be a good book to use in the classroom during social studies or to use to help students have a point of view on diversity.