May 11, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 29, Eddie Collins (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

You’ve no doubt heard the quote — often attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli or author Mark Twain, though it’s likely neither came up with it — that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. People often use that quote to simply bash all statistics, but I’ve always viewed it differently. I’ve always thought it means, simply, that you can lie three different ways.

You can lie in such ways that are less direct — white lies, errors, minimizing things, exaggerating, etc. Most lies are probably like this.

You can lie in ways that are more direct — deceit, fraud, cheating, reinvention, fabricating something…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 29, Eddie Collins” at The Athletic