Originally Posted by The Guru
We are talking 1880-1940 vs 1941-Present.
Most of those teams were good more recently.
The major players in the early were Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle. All Yankees. There were others but not as many huge stars as we have now.
What are you talking about ?
When did you make the decision we are talking about 1880-1940
vs. 1941-present ?
You have Gehrig and Ruth from the 20's and 30's lumped in with Mantle from the 50's and 60's..these are your players from what you call "the early ?"
Again you need some knowledge of baseball history to discuss baseball history.
The 50's Dodgers had Snider, Hodges, Campanella, Robinson and Furillo in the lineup at the same time.
The Big Red Machine of the 70's had Rose, Bench, Morgan and Perez, and a couple of others like Foster and Griffey Sr.
The Giants of the early 60's had Mays, McCovey and Cepeda at the same time. The Braves of the late 50's had Aaron, Mathews and Adcock at the same time.
Early 40's Red Sox : Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, and Ted Williams.
Athletics '29 : Foxx, Al Simmons, Mule Haas, Sammy Hale-they beat the "Murderers'Row" Yankees of Ruth,Gehrig, Muesel, Combs etc. by 18 games.
No team today puts up 3 or 4 hitters like these examples.
The list could go on and on with dozens of examples of three or more top-notch hitters on the better teams. The last truly "modern" team to have three guys all hit for big averages was the '93 Jays.