Davis over Fredericks is
>disputed. I would simply say that Fredericks,
>apparently a prince of a fellow, ran (runs; it
>seems he's not retiring) very fast but often
>behind somone who ran faster. Davis ran fast and
>won races. Look at his record for 1940 through
I'm afraid that war year competitions in the US have to be heavily discounted for obvious reasons. Unless an athlete was smashing WRs, a la Wammerdam or Hagg, it's hard to make comparisons to other eras solely on competitive records. Fredricks faced much stiffer competition.
McKenley over Reynolds is disputed.
>(I wouldn't quarrel with Lon Myers.) Here is a
>case where comparison is reasonably possible
>because the ancient, McKenley, had about as long
>a career as the modern Reynolds. Reynolds has
>67 all-time ranking points, McKenley 60.
But Reynolds career was truncated by what many would consider to be a botched drug penalty case (yes, we can move to another forum to discuss this issue further-not! ;^)).