Back in 1969 for the baseball centennial they made a big deal out of naming Joe Dimaggio the greatest living player. It is still debatable as to whether Dimaggio was the greatest living player in 1969- Ted Williams had to be in the conversation and so did a player who was still active at the time- Willie Mays. Joe and Teddy Ballgame have long passed now. Is there any question as to who is the greatest living player today? I’d have to vote Willie Mays. Mays is one of the greatest all around players who ever lived. He could do it all. Who else would be in the conversation for Greatest Living Player? I think the short list would also include Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds. I have seen all three of those players in action. Mays was in his declining years then, I never saw him at his best. Aaron was still an outstanding player but was approaching his mid 30’s when I became a fan. Bonds would have to be without question the greatest player I have ever seen. And I say that not as a fan of his- he played for my Pirates for part of his career but his attitude and arrogance rubbed me the wrong way. But- he was a great great ballplayer. Mays and Aaron are now in their mid to late eighties which is hard to believe. Of the two I am more a fan of Bad Henry’s but I must give the title of Greatest Living Player to the man who turns eighty-seven today.