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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Semifinals: Ruth/Mantle, Musial/Williams

By David Schoenfield

The voters have spoken: They like outfielders who put up monster numbers in the pre-expansion era.

It's not too surprising, of course, that Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Stan Musial are our semifinalists in the Greatest Season Ever bracket. Ruth, Williams and Mantle were three of the top four seeds. But as I wrote Wednesday, it was arguably easier to put up big numbers in the old days.

Let's take a closer look at the two semifinal matchups (vote here!).

Ainge
Mantle
Ainge
Ruth
Babe Ruth 1921 versus Mickey Mantle 1956
Ainge
Williams
Ainge
Musial
Stan Musial 1948 versus Ted Williams 1941