LCBOY wrote:I ask again, can you name five 1B in history that are clearly better than Bag Pipes?
Just thought I'd let DK answer this if you want to start another debate...
Anyway, it really depends on your definition of greatness, perhaps more than is the case for most other positions. But here are five who are ahead of Bags in my book:
Gehrig. We can probably agree on this one; Gehrig was simply so great on so many levels that it's hard to top him.
Leonard. As valuable to the Grays as Gehrig was to the Yankees, and often compared with the Iron Horse. Even if Negro League stats are both incomplete and difficult to compare with major league numbers, his .382 average against major-leaguers speaks volumes.
Brouthers. The best hitter, period, in baseball's first twenty years.
Anson, if we assume for a moment that character doesn't count. Anson was one of the very few players who truly changed the game. He'd probably rank among the elite on the strength of his baseball intelligence alone, but he was also the game's first true superstar. Unfortunately, he was also a scumbag.
Foxx. The words "the right-handed Babe Ruth" say it all.
Bags is certainly one of the all-time greats, but 1B is packed with legends. When you can list a top five without mentioning Greenberg (good post by Mookie, and I can see the arguments for ranking him at the top) or Sisler, that's a stacked position.