Originally Posted by borg number one
No, I do think there's much to be said for a history of producing great players. There is accumulated knowledge, resources, networks, etc. You don't just turn on a switch and get all that. Also, I agree that we should all be very wary of having certainty when trying to compare across eras. There are huge limits top doing so.
I do understand that point. I only meant that the notion tends to be true (amazingly so) in the face of so many external factors such as the ones you mention. All the complications tend to work together to fit the expected outcome. It really is only amazing at first, but it is quite logical when you spend some time with it.
I have no issue with you or your list, by the way. I tend to be more annoyed with dismissive posters who don't understand the limits of their perception.