Re: #1 All-Time Greatest Pitcher
Compared to his era, I think Walter Johnson is the best guy since 1900, and maybe ever.
But generally speaking, I firmly believe that the athletes of today are more skilled and better conditioned than those of generations ago. We're an evolving species. In sports that are more easily "measurable" (swimming, running, etc), it's abundantly clear that we've gotten incrementally better with time. I suspect it's the same with baseball. The hitters have better approaches and are a lot better conditioned (yes, even the ones not on steroids) than the guys in Walter Johnson's era.
Thus, I have to think that the greatest pitcher ever almost certainly pitched in the last 10 years (Clemens, Pedro, Randy Johnson, etc.)
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids