I wish this had more to do w/ strictly baseball, but it doesn't.
This whole Lance Armstrong, 7 straight thing has sparked up a lot of debate about him being the best athlete ever. You hear names like Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemuiex, Gordie Howe, Micheal Jordan, Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice thrown into the mix as well and deservedly so, they're the greats.
Maybe it's just me, but to me, the title of the Greatest Athlete Ever should go to an athlete, not a player. Most of these guys excelled at one sport and that was it. I'll take guys like Bo Jackson and the Deion Sanders that excelled at 2 sports. Hell Jim Brown was an all-american lacrosse player, he belongs. Jackie Robinson was a 3-sport athlete at UCLA. To be the greatest ever, shouldn't you have to excel at just more than one endevour?
I will probably be beaten to a pulp about this, but that's just the way I feel about Greatest Ever Athlete Discussion.