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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