A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team

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Who are baseball's all-time greatest players? That's a question the game's fans never tire of trying to answer. Position by position, and with statistics at the ready, fans go around the diamond arguing the merits of, for example, Ty Cobb versus Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth versus Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig versus Mark McGwire, Honus Wagner versus Cal Ripken, Jr., Yogi Berra versus Johnny Bench, Lefty Grove versus Sandy Koufax.
In A Team for the Ages, Robert W. Cohen takes these ...
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Who are baseball's all-time greatest players? That's a question the game's fans never tire of trying to answer. Position by position, and with statistics at the ready, fans go around the diamond arguing the merits of, for example, Ty Cobb versus Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth versus Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig versus Mark McGwire, Honus Wagner versus Cal Ripken, Jr., Yogi Berra versus Johnny Bench, Lefty Grove versus Sandy Koufax.
In A Team for the Ages, Robert W. Cohen takes these contentious comparisons to a new level of insight. Using an intriguing method which draws on familiar baseball statistics (including those for the 2003 season), but which also incorporates many often overlooked factors, Cohen eloquently and entertainingly begins by choosing two separate all-star teams. The first covers the years 1900 to 1950; the second, the years 1951 to 2003. Then, by matching up those first two squads, he presents the roster of baseball's all-time all-star team.
Cohen's choices may well surprise even the most knowledgeable students of the game. But one thing's for sure: both serious and casual fans are sure to find A Team for the Ages an invaluable - and fun - contribution to the baseball bookshelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284023
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Robert W. Cohen lives and works in New Jersey. A Team for the Ages is his first book.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Selecting the All-Time All-Star Team xi
1 Reasons for Writing This Book 1
Fascination Factor
Dissatisfaction with Other Efforts Made to Select All-Time Team
2 Methodology 5
Difficulties Encountered
Fifty-Year Method
Statistics vs. Opinion
Offense vs. Defense
Longevity vs. Short-Term Brilliance
3 The Opinions 13
Part 2 The 1900-1950 All-Star Team 17
4 All-Star First Baseman 19
5 All-Star Second Baseman 29
6 All-Star Third Baseman 37
7 All-Star Shortstop 43
8 All-Star Catcher 49
9 All-Star Left Fielder 55
10 All-Star Center Fielder 63
11 All-Star Right Fielder 71
12 All-Star Utility Man 79
13 All-Star Right-Handed Pitcher 83
14 All-Star Left-Handed Pitcher 91
15 1900-1950 All-Star Lineup 97
Part 3 The Second Half of the Twentieth Century 99
16 The Further Evolution of the Game 101
17 Evaluating Active Players 105
Part 4 The 1951-2003 All-Star Team 109
18 All-Star First Baseman 111
19 All-Star Second Baseman 121
20 All-Star Third Baseman 129
21 All-Star Shortstop 137
22 All-Star Catcher 145
23 All-Star Left Fielder 153
24 All-Star Center Fielder 165
25 All-Star Right Fielder 175
26 All-Star Utility Man 185
27 All-Star Designated Hitter 187
28 All-Star Right-Handed Pitcher 191
29 All-Star Left-Handed Pitcher 203
30 All-Star Relief Pitcher 211
31 1951-2003 All-Star Lineup 217
Part 5 Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team 219
32 Selecting the Best of the Best 220
33 All-Time All-Star First Baseman 223
34 All-Time All-Star Second Baseman 229
35 All-Time All-Star Third Baseman 235
36 All-Time All-Star Shortstop 239
37 All-Time All-Star Catcher 243
38 All-Time All-Star Left Fielder 249
39 All-Time All-Star Center Fielder 255
40 All-Time All-Star Right Fielder 259
41 All-Time All-Star Utility Man 267
42 All-Time All-Star Designated Hitter 269
43 All-Time All-Star Right-Handed Pitcher 273
44 All-Time All-Star Left-Handed Pitcher 277
45 All-Time All-Star Lineup 281
Part 6 Summary 283
46 Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team: A Synopsis 285
Glossary: Abbreviations and Statistical Terms 287
Bibliography 288
Index 289
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