Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Baseball’s Greatest Men

“Who were the greatest men in baseball to make the hall of fame?” Pop that question to a testosterone-laden group while watching the World Series. If the answers first given include only a bevy of stats, repeat the question and emphasize the word ‘man.’ If that doesn’t get their attention, and it usually doesn’t, you’ll have to be more obvious by saying that the question wasn’t the best player, but the best man. You may need to explain, and that’s the problem.

Ty Cobb, with a lifetime batting average of .376 and over 4000 hits is arguably the greatest player… Continue reading

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