been around 'ya know
Says alot about LetsRun.com that they promote this thread about America's greatest ever American-born miler . . .
Jim Ryun is America's greatest ever American-born miler. It could also be argued that Steve Scott had the better career. Matt Centrowitz Jr. is on his way to having a better career although I think Robby Andrews and Andrew Wheating are actually more talented than Matt.
I know it's not the point of your post but it is a fair criticism of Allan Webb that he didn't stick with any program long enough to make lasting progressive improvements. He definitely had a few major breakthroughs but they were very short lived.
I don't think Webb has had a lasting impression on anyone not coming of age while he was at his short but amazing peak. Too bad he didn't realize that his career was destined to be a short one.