Monday, January 11, 2010

"Satchel" Paige

Have you heard of Leroy "Satchel" Paige? I have been thinking of him this week. I was a benchwarmer on my baseball team when I was a kid but I've always loved the history of baseball. "Satchel" Paige was arguably the greatest pitcher to ever throw a baseball. There is a wonderful story I read about him - once he walked three batters in a row to load the bases, called his outfield and infield into the dugout, and struck out the next three batters with nine pitches to end the inning!

You can learn about "Satchel" by reading a new biography about him - "Satchel:
The Life and Times of an American Legend" written by Larry Tye (a Boston Globe reporter) and published by Random House (June 9, 2009). In this remarkable book about this remarkable person, you'll learn that Satchel's dream was to be a Major League Baseball pitcher and throw baseballs to the great hitters of the game. You'll also learn that his dream was deferred because of his race - he spent the best years of his career in the Negro Leagues because black players were not allowed to play in the MLB during his heyday.

I wonder how many people have their dreams deferred - aren't able to become all that they can be and do all that they can do - because of their class, race, sexual orientation...or you name it? Let's work for a time when all of the "Satchel" Paige's of the world can realize their dreams. It will make the world a better place for all of us :-)

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