In response to Softlaw1's comment:
As a kid, I saw Howard in the old YS in '71 hit a towering 450 ft flyball (that was caught), which prompted the NYY announcer at the time (Bob Gamere) to say, "That ball came down with snow on it"
I enjoy the fact that someone else saw the work of a man who is no longer part of the popular narrative of baseball history. I viewed him as the Paul Bunyan of baseball, wielding his giant axe.
It is truly arrogant for anyone to proclaim that "times are better now", "athletes are bigger and stronger and faster now", "people are more enlightened now". In reality, it's man and history, and that never changes.
obviously some stars of the past are timeless.. but do you really think babe ruth would have put up all of those numbers if he was facing the best of the best today? let alone the best of his time (hitting the most HRs in a time where minorities were not allowed to play does not impress me). Do you think sandy koufax could have put up a 1.77 ERA today? we live in a time where physical training and nutritional knowledge are better than ever before. thats why we don't see superstars who are leaps and bounds better than the competition anymore because the playing field is much more level (especially with some sort of regulation on PEDs). transplant those players into todays MLB and its doubtful they would have numbers that are the same or better than in their own era.