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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
"Using hard evidence as a snowplow and logic as a compass, Barra pushes aside the accumulated debris of a century's assumptions to see things as they were. Bill Russell did not beat Wilt Chamberlain; stop saying that. It is easy for living sportswriters to be bullied by dead ones; they were so large when we were small. Barra calls on us to stand on our own two feet and wrestle with the hard questions left over from the generations of sports history. A wonderful collection of thoughts and essays."--Bill James, author of The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
"If my sins at last caught up with me and I were confined to the smallest room in my house, I can think of no finer companion there than Allen Barra's engagingly contentious Clearing the Bases."--Roger Kahn, author of The Head Game and The Boys of Summer