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  • 64Cards
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    It's going to be a very thin list. Unfortunately,there may not even be 9 guys left who played before WW2.

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  • GiambiJuice
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    Bobby Doerr is far and away the best position player.

    Virgil Trucks is far and away the best pitcher.

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  • chicagowhitesox1173
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    Originally posted by dgarza View Post
    Actually, Monte Irvin is still alive. He was with the Newark Eagles in the late 30s. How would we compare his entire career to Doerr's?
    Thats a close call, I would even say Monte Irvin was better. I forgot about him and I had just looked him up last week too.

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  • dgarza
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    Actually, Monte Irvin is still alive. He was with the Newark Eagles in the late 30s. How would we compare his entire career to Doerr's?

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  • dgarza
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    Would that make Virgil Trucks the 2nd greatest?

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  • chicagowhitesox1173
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    I guess it would have to be Bobby Doerr. He started in 1937. He's still alive.

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  • brett
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    Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post
    Spahn is close, but he didn't play in the majors until 1942.

    Passed away in '03. I think I would have counted him because he debuted before he went to serve in WWII. So let's say anyone who started before '42, or who debuted and then served in WWII.

    Even if there are no HOFers left, it still might be interesting to post a team of living players who qualify as having played before WWII.
    Last edited by brett; 01-21-2013, 07:04 PM.

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  • brett
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    Haven't been able to find a single living hall of famer, or player with 50+ war who debuted before 1942.

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  • SavoyBG
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    Originally posted by brett View Post
    With the passing of Stan Musial, I realized that he was probably the greatest living player who had played before WWII. Who would be the top candidates now? Anyone want to name a team or go position by position for the greatest living who began prior to WWII.
    Spahn is close, but he didn't play in the majors until 1942.

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  • brett
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    This is turning out to be hard. Basically the thought came to mind as I was wondering if we had seen the passing of the last great "old tyme" baseball player, old time being relative of course.

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  • brett
    started a topic greatest living player who played before WWII

    greatest living player who played before WWII

    With the passing of Stan Musial, I realized that he was probably the greatest living player who had played before WWII. Who would be the top candidates now? Anyone want to name a team or go position by position for the greatest living who began prior to WWII.

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