Motsinger: Satchel Paige: The Jackie Robinson you didn’t know

From Carol Motsinger at the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 20, 2016:

Six feet, three and a half inches doesn’t begin to cover it: Satchel Paige’s legend is larger than that famously lanky frame.

But these days, talk of the pitching great’s jaw-dropping feats and signature flair is limited to small circles. The baseball types. The history ones, too. Unlike his teammate Jackie Robinson and his contemporaries in the women’s baseball league, Paige has been relegated to the cultural outfield.

But a new tale coming to Playhouse in the Park will change that.

In “Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing,” Paige is in the spotlight. Opening April 23, the play is a mix of history and fact, with a bit of imagination and best guesses thrown in. Representations of other baseball stars of his era, including trailblazing coach and manager Buck O’Neil and pitching rival Bob Feller, will share this stage.

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Originally published: April 21, 2016. Last Updated: April 21, 2016.