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The Babe Ruth Legacy

According to Chuck Kuffner, “Someone once said that statistics are like a string bikini: What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is crucial.” Kuffner does a thorough examination of the question of who was the best home run hitter. Surprisingly, when comparing home runs to number of games played, Mark McGwire comes out on top. And if you compare at-bats to home runs, Babe Ruth still reigns. Nothing diverts like a good argument about who was best. Interestingly, my high school history teacher (a baseball coach) majored in baseball history. At the time, the college major seemed frivolous, but later I realized that both disciplines require careful researching skills and an appreciation of the context in which things occurred.

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