Originally Posted by TMF
Mustard probably don't agree Kramer, Tilden is ahead of Gonzales.
Kramer and Tilden are both up there, but they both did things in the amateurs to make them stand out more to the modern day analysts. Tilden's amateur career was ridiculous dominance, and at a time when the best players in the world were amateurs. Kramer was the dominant amateur player in the immediate aftermath of WW2, particularly in 1947.
Gonzales was a solid amateur player, and I think the best amateur player of 1949 (narrowly ahead of Schroeder), but his amateur career was too brief and nowhere near as dominant as either Tilden or Kramer.