Those were the left and right field dimensions that Mr. Ruth faced half the year at cozy Yankee Stadium?
Compare that to Three Rivers/Candlestick/SBC (Pac Bell).
Next point-Guillermo Mota. There was no Guillermo Mota, Eric Gange, Billy Wagner, Brendan Donnelly, Troy Percival, Mariano Rivera in Ruth's day. There were starters. They pitched the whole game. There were not situtaional relievers. There were relievers, but they were mostly 5th and 6th starters who would pitch long relief.
Next point-White folk. Ruth only had to face one race of players. Look at the game today. Though there are more teams, which era had the better athelete? Where are those althelets from. Today we have players from Australia, S. Korea, Japan, Mexico, etc. The game is over 30 percent hispanic, and over 15 percent black. Picture the lineup of any team...let's say...my favorite team, the Yankees, with only white players. What does it look like?
This is a long point to illustrate, but you get the point. Do this with any major league team.
The HR leaders last year would have been Thome, Sexson, Giambi, Bagwell, Edmonds, and Boone. SB champs of Posedinik, and Baldelli.
Really, let that sink in, no Pedro, no Pujols, no Bonds. Historically, no Aaron, Gibson, Mays, Clemente.
Next point-Lineup-Ruth had the Iron horse behind him much of his career. Bonds...Bonilla, and Kent. the difference between the '27 yanks and the '95 Pirates. Yeah.
Now, I'm a lifelong Yankee fan, and I love Ruth. I also love Maris and Mantle, and I understand the game, and the changes that have happened over the years. For Bonds to be doing what he is doing now is remarkable. Do I like him, not particullarly, but I also don't really know him. He seems aloof on camera, but I don't come to see personality. I come to see balls leave the yard. I come to see records being broken.
As for Aaron, he played through the toughest era in history to me. The game wasn't diluted with as many teams as it is now, and was just letting in the great non-white players. He played with class, and dignity, something which Ruth did not. He respected the game, and though now, a somewhat bitter man, I understand why due to the tyrades of people in the press, and the thoughts of the common man like us. The ballparks were big, the pitching mound was low, and he played year after year.
In the end, I ask, though Ruth is still to this day "Ruthian", but who was overrated when it comes to the game? Who respected the game more? I feel it only a refelection on who we are as fans that we can't respect someone who played year in and year out, with consistency, and a love for the game-as apposed to a womanizing drunk. I love Ruth, and as a Yankee fan, always will, but I respect Aaron.