SWEET job!1. Genghis Khan
2. Alexander the Great
4. Adolf Hitler
Sandy Koufax, and we all know how much the two would like to be put together.
5. Julius Caesar
Old school guy? Let's go Christy Mathewson, just for the hell of it.
6. Umar Ibn Khatab
Holds a really important record, so let's say Barry Bonds.
Supposedly liked drinking a lot and little boys a lot. Mickey Mantle liked one of those two also.
Honus Wagner - intelligent, calculating, intense, legacious. That's the adjective form of legacy, by the way. Both were lame to an extent - Honus was bowlegged and built very oddly.
9. Suleiman the Magnificent / Great
Suleiman has a case to be the greatest king/emperor/shah/poobah/guy who's on the top ever. He's too bogged down by economic and social advancements (eww, defense) to be #1 on this list though. Let's give him a terrific two way player like Willie Mays.
10. Peter I of Russia
Once performed surgery on someone having only read a book on it once. That takes some balls. Also cocky as all get out, so how about Ted Williams.
11. Ogodei Khan
Son of a great conqueror, and crushed China and Central Asia, but died before being able to crush Europe. Ken Griffey Jr. was the son of a great baseball player, and won over Seattle and Cincinnati, but melted into mediocrity in Chicago.
Charlemagne forced people to convert to Christianity. Sounds like Branch Rickey, but we need a player. I'll go with Walter Johnson - Charlemagne protected the Pope, and I'm assuming Walter protected his players.
13. William I of England
William I was an illegitimate Duke. Tempted to give him Duke Snider, but let's be honest, William is better than him. So let's give him a guy who conquered
14. Gustavus Adolphus
Sweden, ja? Adolphus was intelligent and benevolent as well as superb. Let's give him Stanislaus Musial. Who's Polish, but Stanislaus, Gustavus? Sort of similar, ja?
15. Attila the Hun
He crushed the greatest empire on Earth, possibly ever. Who else did this? Oh right. Hank Aaron.
16. Tokugawa Ieyasu
The third of the famous Japanese unifiers. In honor of his heritage let's give him Sadaharu (I once accidentally Sekigahara) Oh.
17. Shih Huang Di
Like Ieyasu, he unified stuff. Unlike Ieyasu, he was evil and liked to burn books. Super famous and had a 'tude, so let's go Reggie Jackson. Reggie had the Reggie Bar, Shih Huang Di had the Great Wall.
18. Francisco Pizarro
Pizzaro would be higher if he didn't have a massively superior technology to the Incas in terms of weapons. He would be lower if his legacy was less potent and his army was bigger. As it stands, Pizzaro didn't have too much in the way of raw people but made up for it anyway with hustle. Pete Rose.
19. Caesar Augustus
3rd Roman on the list, and conquered Gaul again. Beating the French substantially more impressive than it was to become. Also took charge of Rome and brought the empire back from the assassination of Caesar. Joe DiMaggio, who took the Yankees back from the ALSination of Gehrig and also demanded to be addressed as the greatest, which is basically what you're saying when you call yourself Caesar.
20. Shaka Zulu
Josh Gibson. Though Zulu gets dissed somewhat due to his accomplishments being in the weaker AL (African League), his tactics were undeniably brilliant and he formed a strong nation pretty much singlehandedly. Gets bonus points for reorganizing the military and society, and died before the age of 40.
Kinda like my project to compare Japanese Leaguers with major leaguers, and you had a harder job!