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All-Time All-Stars: Part II

Earl Thinks Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 10:05 AM
Interesting assements. One correction. Whitey Ford broke Ruth's record for consecutive scoreless innings in a World Series with 33. The 'evolution' or 'develution' of the game,depending on how you look at it, makes it very difficult to come to conclusions based on pure numbers. I would suggest there has been a development in pitching that so impacted the early to mid 60's that they had to 'lower the mound' to 'make it fair'. Overall, the game of baseball is probably one that will always evolve technique wise as preparation and technology open doors for study on just how to throw and control the seams and hit a round ball with a round bat. Baseball is the most scientific of all sports.
Anonymous2331 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 10:27 AM
Actually Mr. Sowell is correct - 14 innings remains the longest single WS shutout, distinct from consecutive scoreless innings, which you are correct belongs to Ford.

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...