Mantle was truely on of the greats! As a kid he was one of my idols. Greatest of all time? Here we go again! Do we compare Cy Young with Nolan Ryan with Roger Clemons, etc? Where does Jackie Robinson fit in, or Roberto Clemente - and how do you compare them with each other or with athletes today? Ruth was a great pitcher and a great hitter - does anybody have info on his fielding ability? (Contrary to what Spider will tell you, I DO NOT remember Ruth.)
As far as a favorite baseball player (a totally different thread, I know) Yogi Berra was mine. Brilliant behind the plate and the best bad-ball hitter I have ever seen.