Spahn the greatest left-hander of all-time?

As with his baseball career, which was still going at the age of 46, Warren Spahn lived a full, long life.

Updated: November 26, 2003, 10:39 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
It is one of the unfortunate truisms of life that some of the best things said about a person only come after they've passed away. This is certainly the case with Warren Spahn, the pitching great who died on Monday at the age of 82. We all knew his legacy was immortal and we were beginning to think he himself might be as well. As with his baseball career, which was still going in the minor leagues at the age of 46, Spahn lived a full, long life.

Some excellent writers have lined up to say their pieces about Spahn. Here is a sampling:

Former commissioner Fay Vincent writes that Spahn never quite got his due. He also relates a debate between Spahn and Ted Williams to which he was privy in which the two old timers debated the relative merits of pitchers versus hitters on the IQ scale. Vincent reminds us that Spahn could hit and field as well in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.

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