There's a reason for that


He was actually voted "greatest living ballplayer" once.  It was in 1969, a sportswriters' poll to commemorate professional baseball's centennial.  That's where his introduction came from.  As far as I know there were no other "greatest living ballplayer" polls between then and the time of his death 30 years later.  He figured that as long as he was alive he was the certified greatest living player, and he milked it for all it was worth.  At oldtimers' games (and at other appearances, I'm sure) he insisted on being introduced last, because, hey, he was baseball's greatest living player.

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