Picks and Pans Review: The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

updated 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig

There's nothing a baseball fan likes better than a good argument. This book by two historians of the game (Ritter wrote The Glory of Their Times and Honig Baseball When the Grass Was Real) includes brief profiles and mediocre pictures. But the choice is the thing. The authors can be faulted for cynically picking still-active players who do not deserve to rank with Ruth, Mathewson and Aaron but might sell some books. George Foster, Fred Lynn, George Brett and Steve Garvey, for instance, have hardly achieved Top 100 status yet. Choosing Tony Oliva, "Duke" Snider, Joe Sewell and Herb Score is questionable, too, when Harmon Killebrew, Lefty O'Doul, Willie McCovey, Lou Boudreau, Hoyt Wilhelm and Eddie Mathews were omitted. But then, quibbling is the name of this game. Welcome to the new season. (Crown, $14.95)

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