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Old 09-16-2019, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by OldGuy View Post
Define least? If it's number of games, it's almost certainly an NFL player. Seasons were only 12 games in the 50s into the 60s. Jimmy Brown, for example, played 118 career games -- less than a single baseball season.
118 football games isn't less than a single baseball season. 118 BASEBALL games would be less than a single baseball season.

If you just go by total games played, well, I can't think of any all time great boxers with 118 fights. It's not a meaningful comparison.

I'd love to be able to cite the median seasons/games played for a sampling of top greats in various sports (say, the top X qualifiers by some generic metric) but I'm not smart enough to figure out how. I can use the Baseball Reference one but the problem is that any number you use to ascertain greatness is confounded by career length; if for instance you choose wins above average, the top twenty players all played a long time because of course they did; the SHORTEST careers are 17 years
(Lou Gehrig and Eddie Mathews, if you care.)
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