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All-Time All-Stars

John L Wrote: Jul 09, 2012 11:54 AM
Anybody remember this column from about 10 years ago? I do. It was even reprinted in the book, "Controversial Essays" (HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION). Not that I don't like rereading such things, but should there be a disclaimer attached here ala Ann Landers.
anonymous3218 Wrote: Jul 09, 2012 4:37 PM
That means you've been reading Mr. Sowell for a very long time, which is to say "good for you!" You're a smart guy with a good memory. I wish I'd been partaking of his wisdom for so long.
Corbett_ Wrote: Jul 09, 2012 12:46 PM
Sowell breaks out on baseball statistics from time to time. This probably isn't a literal reprint. But he does tend to return to this subject. What can I say -- he appears to be a real baseball fan. And occasionally, baseball fans like to talk baseball.
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...