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All-Time All-Stars

David3655 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 10:14 AM
Players did not get an RBI for themselves on HRs before the 1930's I think. Also, back then, they did not count a homerun unless it LANDED in fair territory, BUT they also counted balls that BOUNCED over the wall as a HR until 1931. So, baseball is a game of numbers but to compare different era's really is impossible. The rules change over time... the mound was lowered, the DH added, etc... Everyone acknowledges that athletes are bigger, stronger, faster, etc... yet in baseball, historians and fans think players of yesteryear were better. A great player is a great player, they would adapt in any era, but there is better pitching today than ever before and the hitters are better overall as well.
Nothing is likely to get an argument started among sports fans faster than attempts to name the all-time greatest in any sport, or even the all-time greatest in a particular aspect of a sport. However, in baseball, we can at least narrow down the list of possibilities -- considerably, in fact -- when it comes to hitting.

Who was the all-time greatest hitter?

A lot depends on how much weight you give to batting average versus power hitting. But it would be hard to consider someone for the title of the all-time greatest hitter if someone else had both a higher lifetime batting...