Joe Posnanski writes about the baseball Hall of Fame an awful lot, and recently he blogged about what he called the "Hall of Five." The question he posed was this: if you only had room in the Hall of Fame for five people, who would you choose? It's a tough question for sure. I've been thinking about this lately and while I'm still not 100 percent certain who belongs, here are my five (in no order):
1. Babe Ruth--The most famous ballplayer of all-time
2. Ty Cobb--Set a dizzying number of records and was more highly regarded than Ruth by many people
3. Willie Mays--Best all-around player
4. Ted Williams--Best hitter who ever lived
5. Walter Johnson--Apologies to Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, and Roger Clemens, but the "Big Train" was the best pitcher of all-time
I think these are the five best baseball players of all-time as well as five of the most famous. That combination makes them ideal Hall of Famers in my book.
I gave a lot of thought to Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, and Lou Gehrig as well.