Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Musial- This is probably the homer pick. I realize that. However I think ball park also plays a huge factor into this. Fenway was much more of a hitters park than Sportsman's Park. Sportsman's Park almost played like a canyon at times. Musial had 17 records when he retired. Musial also has the highest rating on Bill James Hall of Fame Monitor with 445, ahead of Ty Cobb and Ruth. Musial didn't have the power that Williams had, but I don't think you can ignore Musial's total bases and other gaudy numbers. I also know that Williams hit .400 one year but does that one year (out of many great years) mean he should automatically be ahead of Musial? I just don't know. Musial also had almost 1000 more hits than Williams
For me this was probably the hardest match up. Ultimately I give the edge to Williams because as you mentioned he hit for more power and his career OPS is 140 points higher than Musial. Also Williams lost three years of his prime, compared to only one for Musial which I think offsets some of Musial's advantage in the counting categories. That said it's a really close match up and I don't think you can go wrong with either player.