In sports we always talk about who is the best. On any given day we can argue who the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) is in any sport. The problem is that most of us never saw many of the greats from yesteryear play, so we can only give information about who we think is the best versus who is really the best.
There will always be those who are purists but many people will accept greatness for what it is. If you were to ask anyone who is the greatest baseball player of all time you will get answers like this:
George Herman Ruth