This won't add much, but my dad used to always bring up Black Jack Stewart when I'd be watching my Bruise Brothers tape. He's older and actually played during the 50s as a young man. In fact, and I've mentioned this before - not that I need to - but he even tried out for the Red Wings when they used to hold training camp in Sault Ste. Marie, as he was one of the better players from that area. Anyways, it certainly isn't some kind of end all be all comment here, but from a guy who was out and about in those days and played all over the country, he talks about a few people and they were Howe, Stewart, and Lindsay.
I think with Ruth you have very measurable stats and records. With a fighter from that long ago, you pretty much just have some stories. We can't even review a fight card from that era.
Maybe the older guys deserve a special wing in our Hall of Fame as recognition of their battling ways, but it's just too tough to use players pre- late 60s/early 70s in our top tens. The information is just too tough to find, IMO.
| "Now, now, lay off Detroit. Them people is living in 'Mad Max' times." -Moe Syzlak|
RIP To The King - Bob Probert 1965-2010