Negro League Baseball drama series coming soon to Apple TV+

Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige (Image credit: AP)

What you need to know

  • Apple is working on a new drama series about Negro League Baseball.
  • The series will follow the story of Hall of Famer Leroy 'Satchel' Paige.

A new series that tells the story of Negro League Baseball is coming to Apple TV+.

As reported by Variety, Apple has acquired the rights to turn the book "If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" into a television series. The show will follow the life of Paige, a Hall of Famer whose career took him across the Negro Leagues as well as the MLB.

The streamer has acquired the rights to the non-fiction book "If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" by Donald Spivey to develop as a series. It will explore the story of Negro League Baseball using the life and legacy of the legendary athlete and showman Leroy "Satchel" Paige, one of baseball's greatest pitchers and star of Negro Leagues for many years.Paige is a baseball legend, having been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. He played for a number of Negro League teams in his career and went on to play for multiple Major League Baseball teams as well starting with the Cleveland Indians in 1948.

According to the report, the series is being produced in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Major League Baseball.

Apple and Kapital Entertainment will co-produce the series. In addition, they are partnering with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of African American baseball. The project is also supported by MLB.Earvin "Magic" Johnson will produce along with Peter Guber, Ron Shelton, John Mass, Jason Smith, and Kapital's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.

It is currently unclear when the series will begin production or when it will premiere on Apple TV+. If you want to watch some sports on the streaming service, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2021 to enjoy Ted Lasso or Greatness Code in the best quality possible.

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