- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2002

Notable comments about home runs down through the baseball ages:

"What is the cost of a home run in baseball, and what does it add to the game compared with the chances for fielding skill which it deprives the fielder of? … Just think of the monotony of a game marked by a series of home runs in each inning."
Pioneer Henry Chadwick, 1891

"There was no announcement that the era of the dead ball was ending, but a change set in with the season of 1909. That year cork was added to the rubber center of the baseball. … Two years later the entire center of the ball was constructed of cork."
Lee Allen, "100 Years of Baseball," 1950

"Will there ever be another Ruth? Don't be silly. Oh, sure somebody may come along some day who will hit more than 60 home runs in a career or 714 in a career, but that won't make him another Ruth. … It wasn't so much that he hit home runs, it was how he hit them and the circumstances under which he hit them. Another Ruth? Never!
Former Yankees pitcher Waite Hoyt

"The home run has been cheapened until it leaves me disgusted. … The time is here for a return to the old game of hit-and-run, the steal, the bunt in all its wonderful varieties, the squeeze, the ball hit to the opposite field.
Ty Cobb, "My Life in Baseball," 1961


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