Re: Dream team...who is on it?
posted at 5/8/2014 6:00 PM EDT
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
Schmidt, Wagner, Hornsby, Gehrig, Bench, Williams, Mays, Ruth, Walter Johnson. No debate. Debates come w/ the remaining roster spots. If you want to use a true DH, then it's Ortiz.....there's your starting 10.
Your 9/10 is very close to mine. But it raises the issue I touched on earlier re history: Ignoring DH, 6 of the 9 started their careers pre-WW2, one in the early 50s, and two in the late 60s/early 70s. Is it relevant in absolute terms? Not to me, I believe that is correct.
But in relative terms it can't be right, can it? Imagine an NFL Dream Team....would it be dominated by history so much? How many "historical" players might be considered slam dunks or even close? Jimmy Brown for sure....Unitas? Butkus? Nagurski? Baugh? NBA? Shorter history, but who before the 70s would even be in the discussion? Russell, Robertson, Chamberlain.....but what about Pettit, Schayes, Mikan, etc?
I reckon it's that baseball was and remains so beloved and has changed so relatively little (esp. since 1920) that players from the distant past seem comparable to modern players. Jesse Owens, Bobby Jones, Rod Laver (best-ever tennis player by far) and Joe Louis seem to get the modern nod along with baseball players....but so little respect/reverence for NBA/NFL. Ice hockey a bit better, perhaps.