plus, just looking around the all-time stats...the record holders for HRs, RBIs, SBs, Walks...all black players....hits, not so much, although props to Hank Aaron for being top 5 in literally everything lol
The point of the argument Dezz....is that in the early 1900s.....white players didnt have to compete with black players....so the records could have been completely different. And judging by the current numbers....probably would have been different.
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So what if they hold records, like the color of their skin is the reason they break the old record. You know who broke Babe Ruths hr season record? A skinny white guy named Roger Marris. And Hank broke his all time HR. A great ball player is a great ball player......
Whos to say Babe would have had more HRs if he was facing black pitchers....
I hate when people inject race into the reason why people perform better than others.
it has to do with the level of competition Ruth and others played alongside in those days.
It's like....the olympic basketball team, kinda. we always had american pros, but always used amatuers/collegiates prior to 92 in the olympics.
If other countries were using their pros, why wouldnt we? just because we had the best athletes.
And it's not just about race either, Dezz. it's about sample size.
Let's take the best HR hitters of the past 20 years or so...
Let's say Mcgwire, Griffey, Bonds, Sosa, A-Rod, etc....you think if they played in the 1920s-30s with the same statistics, that anyone would still think Babe Ruth would have been as dominant in his era? or would it have been more spread out like it is nowadays?
one thing worht mentioning is that Babe Ruth was a smoking, drunken fat slob.....
The fact that he was able to excell at anything speaks volumes of his ability. lmao