In a recent Philly News poll, 612 people were asked who they thought the greatest homerun hitter of all time was: Aaron, Ruth or Bonds.

56 percent said Ruth, because he set the standard.

36 percent said Aaron, because he hit the most homeruns.

2 percent said Bonds, because he hit 73 homeruns in one season.

6 percent said “other”.

5 Responses to “Who is the greatest?”

  1. dan eberle says:

    I was listening to WEEI sports radio two mornings ago and heard some astonishing stats on Babe Ruth.

    In 1920 (I think) he hit 50-something homeruns. The other teams in the entire major leages combined to hit 29 (I think that was the number. I remember dropping my jaw at the disparity…it wasa insane.)

    He also used to call his shots all the time–not pointing like he infamously did in that world series game, but in the dugout.

    Apparently, the Yankees were playing a tight game that looked to be headed for extra innings. Ruth was in the dugout sitting next to the Yankees travel manager who was stressing about catching the train home. The manager said something along the lines of “if this game doesn’t end in the next ten minutes, we’re not going to catch the train home and it’s going to foul up our travel plans for the rest of this road trip.”

    Ruth turned to him and said, “don’t worry, chief. I’m gonna end this game with my next swing.” And he did.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  2. Couldn’t agree more Coley. Further support to my man Don Sutton’s argument that the all-star game should be nothing more than a casual event. Also, you forgot to mention that Piazza is 2nd in NL catchers…that is a damn disaster.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    You forgot the betrayal of awesome-this-year Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis! He’s been totally snubbed by the Sox, who have put David Ortiz on the ballot as their first baseman, despite the fact that he so rarely plays defense that I doubt he can get the glove on right-side-up without help. I hence refuse to vote for (my beloved) Ortiz. I have been writing in Youk all season.

  4. Ruth was the greatest. He hit 714 HR’s after spending the 1st 5 years of his career pitching a 95-46 record!! Had he been an outfielder his whole career, He would have like to 900 HR’s.

    He had the most natural talent of any athlete in history. That includes Michael Jordan, Wayne Gresky, Tiger Wood, and Muhammed Ali, all of who furiously worked to develop theior skills. It would be almost scary to see what Ruth could have done if he tried harder, watched his weight, hit the gym, or GASP did ant roids.

  5. I agree, babe ruth is the greatest. An allstar pitcher AND HR hitter? Come on. It’s like Roger Clemmons being a HR king.

    Yeah, I could only imagine if he hit the gym and watched his weight, let alond did roids.

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