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July 4, 2013

Baseball Debate: Aligning Stars of the Past 50 Seasons

Staff writers break last half-century into three eras



MAYNARD (1964-79)

THE ORDER    BA    HR    RBI    More

1. 3B Pete Rose    .303    160    1,314    *4,256 hits*, 2,165 runs

2. 2B Joe Morgan    .271    268    1,133    689 SBs, 2 MVPs

3. CF Roberto Clemente    .317    240    1,305    3,000 hits, 12 GGs

4. RF Hank Aaron    .305    755      *2,297*    *6,856 total bases*

5. 1B Willie McCovey    .270    521    1,555    .515 slug.

6. C Johnny Bench    .267    389    1,376    43% CS, 2 MVPs

7. LF Frank Robinson    .294    586    1,812    .537 slug., 2 MVPs

8. DH Don Baylor    .260    338    1,276    267 HBP, 1 MVP

9. SS Dave Concepcion    .267    101    950    9 All-Star, 5 GGs

THE STARTERS    W-L    ERA    More

LH Sandy Koufax    165-87    2.76    2,396 Ks in 2,324.1 IP, 3 CYs

RH Denny McLain    131-91    3.39    Last 30-game winner (1968)

RH Bob Gibson    251-174    2.91    *1.12 ERA in 1968*, 2 CYs

RH Tom Seaver    311-205    2.86    231 CGs, 3 CYs

RH Jim Palmer    268-152    2.86    211 CGs, 3 CYs

THE CLOSER    Saves    ERA    More

RH Goose Gossage    310    3.01    9-time All-Star

THE MANAGER    W-L    Pct.    More

Sparky Anderson    2,194-1,834    .545    5 pennants, 3 WS titles

*=MLB record

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