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    Quote Originally Posted by fenrir View Post
    Actually, yes. I suspect if they weren't, Pete Rose and Nolan Ryan would have made the top 25.
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    You know that, or did they just vote for the top 100?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fenrir View Post
    Actually, yes. I suspect if they weren't, Pete Rose and Nolan Ryan would have made the top 25.
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    Without a doubt.
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    I heard a podcast w/ David Schoenfield, and basically he heavily favored the moderns ala Bonds, Rocket, etc. I don't fault the thinking, though it seems odd to me, he and the host diss Black Jack Morris as a Hof, but then in the next breath are pushing Kenny Lofton(?!)....uhh okay guys. I heard Willie Wilson was up too--

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomBodet View Post
    I heard a podcast w/ David Schoenfield, and basically he heavily favored the moderns ala Bonds, Rocket, etc. I don't fault the thinking, though it seems odd to me, he and the host diss Black Jack Morris as a Hof, but then in the next breath are pushing Kenny Lofton(?!)....uhh okay guys. I heard Willie Wilson was up too--
    Yeah these voters are not good usually. I wish they would have credited historians vote these guys in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Commissioner View Post
    I wouldn't even rate Jordan as the best basketball player. I would have had both Chamberlain and Robertson ahead of him.

    As far as best athlete, it depends on whether they meant the best individual athlete or most dominant athlete in their sport? They never made that clear, which may account for some of the wacky voting. Either way, it still wouldn't be Jordan. If they were going for best individual athlete it should have been Jim Thorpe. If they were going for most dominant than it should have easily been Gretzky.
    I've always said that the best basketball player in my lifetime was Magic Johnson. Granted Wilt the stilt and the Big O were before my time. Most underated basketball player of all time...Tom Chambers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockeye View Post
    Most underated basketball player of all time...Tom Chambers.
    Akin to Arky Vaughan, I'd pick an all-timer that nobody outside of hardcore fans has ever heard of: Bob Pettit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew C. View Post
    Akin to Arky Vaughan, I'd pick an all-timer that nobody outside of hardcore fans has ever heard of: Bob Pettit.
    To me, Pettit is like Tris Speaker. He was a big time superstar when he played, but 50 years ago may as well be 100 in the NBA.

    Did you know Neil Armstrong delivered the eulogy at Jack Twyman's funeral? Considering how much pop culture plays into these sort of things, how's that for something you'd figure ESPN would have talked about.

    We've never taken these lists seriously here. But they're good discussion starters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockeye View Post
    Most underated basketball player of all time...Tom Chambers.
    I'd vote Clyde Drexler. Better player than Kobe Bryant without the hype.
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    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    I'd vote Clyde Drexler.
    Esp. if you asked Clyde Drexler.
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    My non-HOF nominee would be Kevin Johnson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew C. View Post
    My non-HOF nominee would be Kevin Johnson.
    Just looked up his stats and I never would have guessed his FG% was that high. .493 is very impressive for a guard.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    Just looked up his stats and I never would have guessed his FG% was that high. .493 is very impressive for a guard.
    So if Bob Pettit is Arky Vaughn or Tris Speaker, even, who is Kevin Johnson? Certainly not a player on ESPN's radar for the list. Kenny Lofton?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
    So if Bob Pettit is Arky Vaughn or Tris Speaker, even, who is Kevin Johnson? Certainly not a player on ESPN's radar for the list. Kenny Lofton?
    Good comp. Speedy. CF and PG being key positions. No championships despite being on a lot of good teams. Very underrated. Championed by sabermetrics, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
    So if Bob Pettit is Arky Vaughn or Tris Speaker, even, who is Kevin Johnson? Certainly not a player on ESPN's radar for the list. Kenny Lofton?
    Interesting. Wasn't Lofton Arizona's sixth man while KJ was starring in Phoenix?

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    From your keyboard to . . .

    I think the fans did a fine job, overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRon View Post
    I'm looking for really wacko ratings- not ones that most would say are +/- 10 or 15 spos tof where they should be.

    Already mentioned- Mize at 107. Without any war credit I see him as a 50-60 position player, which would put him in the top 75-85 when pitchers are counted. With war cedit I see him as a top 35 position player, which would put him around top 50 overall.

    Nichols- if he's a top 15 alltime pitcher, as many here seem to feel, he's in the top 50 overall- pretty far above number 82.

    Vaughan- even if he's overrated a bit on some sites, he's still a top 3-4 alltime SS, which certainly puts him in/around top 50 position players, and no lower than 70-75 overall.

    Without seeing the entire list we can't do some meaningful comparisons yet, but I think there will be a few headscratchers in there.

    Overall, better than the team of the century voting.
    They must have had their football & basketball pundits voting for the top hundred baseball players. Big John Mize 107 & Arky Vaughn 124 as you mentioned received terrible treatment by ESPN. Bill James a top baseball historian has Vaughn #2 shortstop and this list has 10 shortstops ahead
    of him, ridiculous assessment. James has Mize as the #3 1B of all time & I agree with him. In this poll 7 1B were put ahead of Mize.

    I'd put Mize easily in the top 40 & Vaughn from 40-60 would be fair. Other rating that disgusted me were Foxx at 28 top 20 easily, Simmons 99 top
    60 easily, Lefty Grove #47 to 30 easily, and Bob Feller should be rated much higher. Derek Jeter #38 really maybe 138 would be more fair!

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    Being ESPN, I figured Michael Jordan would be # 1.

    I wish that was more sarcastic than it is.

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    frank thomas 69????? he should be top 30


    and stan musial shouldn't be in the top dozen

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