Posted: 7/2/2010 3:32 PM
Posted: 7/5/2010 1:25 PM
After the Red Sox sold him to the Yankees, Ruth single-handedly outhomered the entire Boston team in 10 of the next 12 seasons. From 1915-17, Ruth won 65 games, the most by any left-handed pitcher in the majors during that time. Ruth didn't pitch long enough to be considered one of the best pitchers of all time. He was clearly one of the best pitchers in the game during THAT time however. I would struggle to find another athlete do be so dominant in two completely different aspects of their respective games. That would be like finding a point guard that switches to center 10 years into his career and dominates at both. Or a forward in hockey that switches to goalie and dominates at both. Or a linebacker that switches to quarterback and dominates at both. Pretty rare. I would also have like to see what Bo Jackson would have done over the course of a 10 year football and 15 year baseball career. He had the potential be a hall of famer at both. Had he been inducted into both halls there would be a strong case for him. Honorable mention to Wayne Gretzky....his assist total alone gives him the record for the most points in history of any NHL player.
Posted: 7/6/2010 11:44 AM
For his career, McGwire averaged a home run once every 10.61 at bats, the lowest at bats per home run ratio in baseball history (Babe Ruth is second at 11.80). In 1987, he broke the single-season home run record for rookies, with 49. In 1998, McGwire and Sammy Sosa achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' single season home run record; McGwire would break the record and hit 70 home runs that year. Barry Bonds, who allegedly also took steroids, now holds the record, after hitting 73 home runs during the 2001 season. In 2010, McGwire publicly admitted having used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
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