Clearing the Bases: The Greatest Baseball Debates of the Last Century

Clearing the Bases: The Greatest Baseball Debates of the Last Century

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by Allen Barra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803217633

ISBN-13: 9780803217638

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books

Who was better, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays? At their peak, who was more valuable, Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams? If Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, and Roger Clemens had pitched at the same time against the same hitters, who would have won the most games? If Jackie Robinson had been white, would he be deserving of the Hall of Fame? Who was the greatest all-around

Overview

Who was better, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays? At their peak, who was more valuable, Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams? If Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, and Roger Clemens had pitched at the same time against the same hitters, who would have won the most games? If Jackie Robinson had been white, would he be deserving of the Hall of Fame? Who was the greatest all-around player of the last century?

Clearing the Bases is the first book to tackle these and many other of baseball's most intriguing questions and offer hard, sensible answers-answers based on exhaustive research and analysis. Sports journalist Allen Barra, whose weekly sports column "By the Numbers" attracted millions of fans and whose outspoken opinions are discussed regularly on National Public Radio, takes on baseball's toughest arguments. Using stats and methods he himself has developed, Barra takes you to the heart of baseball's ultimate question-"Who's the best?"-in this, the ultimate baseball debate book, one guaranteed to spark thousands of heated discussions and to supply the fuel for thousands more.

About the Author:
Allen Barra is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and the New York Sun and is the author of several books, including The Last Coach: A Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant and Big Play: Barra on Football

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803217638
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Bob Costas     vii
Introduction     ix
Getting Tough with Babe Ruth     1
The Most Underrated Team of the First Half of the Twentieth Century     25
Gary Cooper vs. John Wayne     31
What If Jackie Robinson Had Been White?     45
One-on-One, Once and for All: Mickey Mantle vs. Willie Mays     65
61*-Or, Should Roger Maris Be in the Hall of Fame?     93
Juan Marichal and Bob Gibson: A Reassessment     101
My Player of the Century     115
The Most Overrated and Underrated Players over the Last Thirty Years-Pete Rose vs. Tim Raines     133
The Dynasty That Never Was: The 1986 Mets     141
Grove, Koufax, and Clemens: A Comparison Across Time     153
Minnie Minoso: The New Latin Dynasty     175
Competitive Balance Through the Century     183
On-Base Averages     193
Baseball's Greatest SLOBs     199
Why Can't They Go 9 Anymore?     207
Ranking Don Shula     215
Pro Football's Greatest Quarterback     221
The Great Forgotten Running Back of the NFL     229
Barry Sanders: Pro Football's Greatest Runner     239
Walter Payton: Pro Football's Greatest Player     243
Wilt vs. Russell: A Reassessment     249
Notes     263

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