Is Roberto Clemente's Greatness overlooked?

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    Greatest all around player of all time is Willie Mays. Besides winning many Gold Glove awards and being a good base stealer, he hit a career total of 660 home runs, had 3,283 hits, 1,903 RBI's, scored 2,062 runs, and his batting average was .302.
    That's getting it done. And also in a cold ball park with the wind usually blowing from the outfield toward home plate. Candlestick was the worst ball park in MLB.

    But this topic is about Clemente, and I was and am a huge fan of his. He was a great one for sure. I remember his World Series performance, throwing runners out from deep in the outfield, and getting key hits in crucial situations.

    By the way, another great baseball player that gets lost in the shuffle is from my home county of Owsley, Earl Bryan Combs. He played on the great Yankee teams of the 1920's, and played his entire career with the New York Yankees. He played center field next to Babe Ruth, batted lead off on a team nicknamed "Murderers' Row". For his career he hit.325 with an on-base average of .397. He average nearly 200 hits, 75 walks, 17 triples and only 31 strike outs per season. He played in 4 World Series, winning 3. He averaged .350 in his World Series play. And he is in the HOF.

    5 years ago a ceremony was held in Owsley County and a huge picture of Combs was placed on the front of the Owsley County Court House. I suppose one would have to say he is the most famous person from our county.
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    Interesting you mention Candlestick perhaps depressing Mays' numbers some — could also be argued that his original home field — the Polo Grounds — was even tougher on hitters.

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    I think that's part of the beauty of baseball, is that there's so many different types of players, and therefore different types of lineups and teams that you could make from a collection of some of the all time greats. While at first blush most commoners wouldn't think of putting Clemente above Ruth or Aaron, you could probably come up with many, various scenarios where Roberto would be a better fit for your "team", and is therefore preferable. I think that's why it's sometimes hard to select a GOAT for each position.

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    I think part of it has to do with the manner in which he died. When people think of Clemente, most immediately think of his death, rather than his outstanding career.

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