The rest of the story is well known. He won the Triple Crown that year, topping the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in, and become the only player to be named Most Valuable Player in both leagues, while leading the Orioles to their first pennant and a World Series sweep of the Dodgers. Three more pennants would follow during the next five seasons. He would go on to become baseball's first black manager, and his 586 home runs, accumulated well before the steroid era, would be among the statistics that would ensure his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. He was the greatest baseball player I ever had the pleasure of watching on a day-to-day basis, and is surely one of the greatest players of all time. He possessed that rare ability to summon the last measure of what his body could offer, and lead others to achieving the best of their abilities. But there is more to the story of his time here that involves far more than baseball.