Perhaps the most controversial topic ever to arise in scholarly discussions can be put with brevity and directness.
Was Willie Mays better than Sir Don Bradman?
Let's compare the two.
Willie hit 660 home runs.
Sir Don hit 618 fours.
Willie hit 8 grand slams!
Sir Don hit 6 sixes!
Sir Don had 6996 runs at 22 yards/run.
But consider Willie hit 2062 at 120 yards.
Sir Don's hits to outs ratio was 0.994
Willie's hits to at-bats was 0.302.
Well, that's settled.