It was, for my grandfather’s generation, the defining basketball argument. Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain? Talent or intensity? The guy with the numbers or the guy with the rings? Though they both retired before I was born, I felt the reverberations of their rivalry even in my time. After all, Russell was the first coach …
Did Joe Jackson inspire the Bambino, or did he just make a really good first impression?
He scores the highest in the Apples & Oranges system. So what does that mean?
Nobody thinks he was a particularly good fielder. Beyond that, it's hard to pin down the value of Hornsby's glove.
RIP Stan Mikita.
May 20, 1940 — Aug. 7, 2018
Born: May 19, 1940
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The Apples & Oranges process is simple in concept, but rather more complex in execution. The idea is to take a player's measurable production, as near as that can be determined, and compare it to what a typical team, in that player's time and place, would accomplish. Skill, value and production Let me start by …