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Something to Prove

The Story of Satchel Paige vs. Joe DiMaggio

By Robert Skead with illustrations by Floyd Cooper


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. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige’s skillful batting and amazing pitching—with his “trouble ball” and “bat dodger”— kept the game close.

Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness—and the injustice of segregated baseball?

Discover the answers in Something to Prove— Released in the Spring of 2013 from Carolrhoda Books!

Pictured to the left is Rob Skead and Floyd Cooper, the illustrator for Something to Prove. Visit Floyd’s website at

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