Re: Rank These Three Sportsmen- Jordan, Ruth, and Ali
Baseball players today play against the best players, of any ethnicity, from different corners of the world. Babe Ruth played against white Americans and only white Americans. That has to give anyone pause when using his production as his legacy. You can't tell me if you plopped current Miguel Cabrera in Ruth's era and gave him a bat that he wouldn't be just as good or close to it.
Michael Jordan is perhaps the biggest asshole in the history of team sports and got out in just the nick of time. The Internet Era would have absolutely destroyed this guy with rampant stories of gambling, infidelity and otherworldly prickish behavior (the guy used to spit on pastries in crowded rooms so no one else could eat them). He also dominated an era in the NBA of which there are very intriguing arguments that it wasn't all that strong. Also the beneficiary of blatant officiating bias.
Ali, as a public figure, was simply awesome. A million times more guts than any sports star who has come since. Best heavyweight ever - period.