“Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio” at Yogi Berra Museum

BY  |  Monday, Feb 18, 2013 11:30am

Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige and the Rookie Joe DiMaggioA fascinating episode in baseball history featuring two of the game’s most iconic figures – Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige – will be revisited in a special family program at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on Saturday, March 2.

Author Rob Skead and illustrator Floyd Cooper will present a multi-media show based on their new children’s book, “Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio,” the fascinating intersection between a black man and a white man when the national pastime was still segregated.

This seminal story occurred in 1936, over a decade before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. For the New York Yankees, it was a chance to determine whether DiMaggio, their gawky-looking hitting prodigy, was ready for the big leagues.

So they called on Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. The flamboyant Negro Leagues standout joined a group of amateur African American players to face off against a team of white major leaguers, plus young DiMaggio.

Skead and Cooper capture that drama and excitement in “Something to Prove,”  the showdown between two of baseball’s most incandescent talents –  a man who billed himself as the “World’s Greatest Pitcher” against a man who would hit in 56 consecutive games and become one of the game’s all-time legends.

Rob Skead and Floyd Cooper present  Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio
Who: 
Ages 5 to 12.
What: Author Rob Skead and illustrator Floyd Cooper will host a special baseball program for kids based on their new children’s book, “Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs Rookie Joe DiMaggio.”
Where: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, On Campus of Montclair State, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ.
When: Saturday, March 2 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm.
Cost: $4. For more information contact Dave Kaplan at 973-655-6891 or david.yogi@montclair.edu.

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