"Because everyone agreed that the players who came after were so much better" might be the biggest difference; there's this thing with baseball that Ty Cobb and Cy Young and Tris Speaker are still put near the front of the line 100 years after they played.
Haven't gotten to the Arizin section yet, but my favourite thing so far is the guy Evo (no last name given) who was the there for the 100-point game. He'd previously attended one baseball game in his life, which he found really boring and never went to another: Don Larsen's perfect game.
― clemenza, Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:23 (six months ago) link
Evo Ionni was his name--he died in 2012.
He also played golf with Sam Snead!
― clemenza, Saturday, 3 April 2021 19:54 (six months ago) link