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Nobody better than the Babe

There have been some excellent players throughout the history of the game, but none compare to Babe Ruth.

Originally Published: February 18, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

When I'm asked about the greatest baseball players in major league history, there are nine names that always work their way into the conversation. In chronological order, they are:

Honus Wagner Ty Cobb Babe Ruth Ted Williams Stan Musial Mickey Mantle Willie Mays Henry Aaron Barry Bonds

Four of these players can be "matched," because they have contemporaries who played the same position: Williams with Musial, Mantle with Mays. If we're trying to eliminate competitors for the top spot, ...

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