Oh, I think I got pretty clearly what Rogers meant. Something along the lines of this:
"Now, Babe Ruth was no slap singles hitter. He was a power hitter, pure and simple, a guy who knocked balls out of the park. He wasn't trying to make contact, he was trying to make the ball come out of its stitching. And he still has a career batting average of .342. For somebody to be a pure power hitter, not concerned at all with being an average hitter, and still have an average of .342... that's mighty impressive."
Those teams are absolutely fascinating. It's so interesting how, right after Rogers retired, people put him behind Collins and Lajoie, but 15 years later, he had leapfrogged everybody. I guess they were still swayed by his winning personality in 1938.
Similarly, it's nice to note how EVERYBODY picked Joe DiMaggio over Speaker in 1952... today, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a single baseball historian worth his salt who would put DiMaggio over Speaker. I guess it's just another example of the haze we look through when we evaluate players when the dirt's still fresh in their spikes.
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