Monday, October 4, 2010

Maury Allen, 1932-2010. R.I.P.

Maury Allen, legendary baseball writer for the New York Post died yesterday from lymphoma. He was 78.

Allen wrote many books about baseball but the one I remember above all else was one he wrote in 1982 called Baseball's 100 in which he ranked the top 100 major league baseball players of all time.

I still remember the book because Allen ranked Willie Mays number one, Hank Aaron at number two and relegated Babe Ruth to number three. Needless to say, Allen faced a torrent of disagreement. But I think that is exactly what he wanted and I've long admired him for it.

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