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Classic Neyer: Willie Mays' homers

Rob goes into his archives for one of his classic columns.

Updated: April 26, 2002, 3:49 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

The column below was originally posted on April 25, 2001.

You've heard of grade inflation? Well, it seems that homer inflation is all the rage with my colleagues these days. Just a couple of weeks ago, one ill-informed baseball writer suggested that if Willie Stargell hadn't spent roughly half his career in Forbes Field, he would have hit 600 home runs rather than 475. The actual figure is much closer to 500.

And Monday in the New York Times, on the op-ed page of all places, an editorialist ...

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