Apple TV+ to develop series about Negro Baseball League

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Apple TV+ is developing a new drama series focused on baseball legend Leroy "Satchel" Paige and the Negro Baseball League, according to a new report.

The Cupertino tech giant has acquired the rights to adapt nonfiction title "If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" by Donald Spivey. Variety reported Tuesday that the series will explore the story of Negro League Baseball through the life and legacy of Paige, a legendary athlete and showman.

Paige is an iconic baseball player and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. He played on a number of teams in both the Negro Leagues and for Major League Baseball.

Apple and Kapital Entertainment will both produce the series, which will be made in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The project is also being supported by Major League Baseball.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is set to produce alongside Peter Guber, Ron Shelton, John Mass, Jason Smith, and Kapital's Aaron Kaplan, and Dana Honor.

If the project moves forward at Apple Studios, it will join existing sports series "Ted Lasso," which has won numerous awards for Apple TV+.

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