Among GW's quirks is a taste for alternate history; you know, the "what if" stories. Here's a alternate history baseball tale from Paul Francis Sullivan in the Hardball Times that every Bucco fan should read.
It's "what if" is what if integration began in 1938 instead of 1947...and what if it began in Pittsburgh, with the Pirates purchasing the contracts of a few select Homestead Gray and Pittsburgh Crawford players, like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, "Cool Papa" Bell...?
Pretty interesting stuff, especially if you're familiar with some of the ol' local Negro League stars (and if not, never fear; Sullivan has even figured out their WAR!) Hey, well worth a read on a snowy January night.