Sport: Satchel the Great

In the midst of a torrid political campaign, some years ago, in a Central American country, Pitcher Leroy ("Satchel") Paige and his barnstorming Negro team arrived in town. One of the candidates, a longtime aficionado of beisbol and Satchel, made his rival a sporting proposition: let the election turn on the game; he would bet on Satchel, and whoever won the bet would win the election. The bet was made. Satchel won in a breeze, but. didn't stick around for thanks: he detected the flash of machetes from the defeated candidate's supporters.

It is characteristic of Satchel Paige, hero and narrator of...

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