"Many of the players today are fully as good as most of the old-timers. But comparisons are difficult to make. One of Ty Cobb's great assets was base-stealing; in the 1915 season he stole 96 bases, a record that still stands. With the rabbit ball today, why risk an out? It's better to wait for the long hit."
"Yes. They can't take it. I've seen some of them threaten the pitcher when a ball brushed them back. Most rugged old-timers took this as a part of the game. It's the rule today to use several pitchers in one game. Iron Man McGinnity pitched 55 games for the Giants in 1903. He won three double-headers in one month."
"Yes. I'll prove it with one man, Hans Wagner. Everyone calls him the greatest shortstop of all time. But he was also the greatest outfielder I ever saw. And he could play first base better than Hal Chase. With the rabbit ball he would have hit 60 home runs every year. Anyone like him today?"
"Today they don't have the great number of tough players and hitters. That is because life is different. As a kid I used to shovel manure with a pitchfork. Today everything is done by machines. There'll never be an 'Old Hoss' Radbourne again. In one season he pitched the last 27 games and won 26."
"No. Players today like Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Phil Rizzuto and Peewee Reese are as rugged as any of the old-timers. The trouble is that they are handicapped by having to play day and night baseball. This shortens their careers."