Bill,Originally Posted by email@example.com
I'm familiar with the Old Bill James Abstract article on Ewing and many of the quotes and the HOF Old Timers vote. And I do believe that Buck Ewing was a great player. He was a defensive star at a key position and could play everywhere on the field. I'm sure that all those old writers truly believe that he was the best. But they did not have access to all the statistics and metrics that we have today. I'm sure Buck made a lot a great plays, impressive highlight type plays that stuck in peoples minds, kind of like a Ozzie Smith or Ken Griffey in the field. Those types of spectacular plays do a lot for a player's public image. As great a player as Ozzie Smith, no amount of defensive wizardry can compensate for other player's superior offensive skills. I'm sure a guy like Dan Brouthers seemed like a one dimensional, flat flooted, boring slugger versus a versatile defensive wiz like Buck Ewing, but in all likelihood, his 70 points of OBP and 60 points were more valuable.