It should be said, up front, before any other considerations or qualifiers, that Satchel Paige was a great pitcher. Possibly the greatest pitcher of all time. Let’s let that steep for a while. Satchel Paige was a great pitcher.
But while that is the ultimate truth, it is not the whole truth. Satchel Paige transcends mere greatness, for reasons both inspiring and heartbreaking. Continue reading