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All-Time All-Stars: Part II

DariusIII Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 5:31 PM
About Spahn; he gave up a homerun to Luke Appling in an old timers game and Luke was 75 at the time. Don't forget Lefty Grove. Consider Lefty's ERA in a time when entire teams batted above .300. And didn't Hollywood make a film about Grover Cleveland Alexander featuring his strikeout of 'Push em up' Tony. Conservatives like baseball because: "you play on a 'field' in a 'park', and you come 'home' rather than 'score' etc. (with apologies to the late George Carlin).

Editor's note: This column is part II in a series. Part I can be found here.

Trying to choose the greatest pitcher of all time is at least as difficult as trying to choose the greatest hitter of all time. In both cases, the best we can do is narrow down the list.

Outside a charmed circle of five batters, no one had both a higher lifetime batting average and a higher lifetime slugging average than any of those five. In alphabetical order, they are Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. There are other batters whose...