Only Lightly Brushed by the Social Veneer We Call Civilization: the Babe Ruth Thread

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An excuse to start the first one:

http://mlb.si.com/2013/07/11/99-cool-facts-about-babe-ruth/?sct=hp_t11_a2&eref=sihp

clemenza, Friday, 12 July 2013 21:00 (eight years ago) link

I'll add #100, which is pretty well known by now: he hit his first professional home run at Hanlan's Point in Toronto, Sept. 5, 1914.

http://www.canadacool.com/Images%202007/BabeRuthPlaque.jpg

clemenza, Friday, 12 July 2013 21:02 (eight years ago) link

I once had a Waite Hoyt spoken word LP where he told this story about how the president (can't remember if it was Coolidge or Hoover) came to the park one day and they had a special thing on the field. Ruth was supposed to say some prepared remarks but when it came time, he forgot. Instead, he said something like, "Hey prez, sure is hot today isn't it?"

timellison, Monday, 15 July 2013 01:04 (eight years ago) link

the usual rendering is "Hot as hell, ain't it, Prez?"

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 July 2013 01:20 (eight years ago) link

Ruth had so many great quotes--funny ones, and some that were very sentimental. Robert Creamer's biography highly recommended.

http://www.baberuth.com/quotes/

I bought that Hoyt album a year or two ago, and posted the cover on another thread.

clemenza, Monday, 15 July 2013 01:34 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

119th birthday (and so his longtime trailer in HR%, Ralph Kiner, passes). Ned to see the grave someday:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/babe-ruths-gravesite-remains-destination-for-faithful-fans?ymd=20140206&content_id=67494458&vkey=news_mlb

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 February 2014 22:20 (seven years ago) link

i mean need to, tho Ned could see it too I guess.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 February 2014 22:22 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

New research confirms earliest known moving images of Ruth in Yankee uniform

http://baseballhall.org/news/museum-news/babe%27s-film

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 June 2014 12:32 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Last Friday, July 11, was the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's major league debut. Picked off Shoeless Joe in the first inning.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/steve_buckley/2014/07/buckley_100_years_ago_today_a_star_is_born

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:59 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

hit his first professional (and only minor league) home run 100 years ago today in toronto

mookieproof, Friday, 5 September 2014 21:07 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

121 today. On Thursday, I showed my class the AL league stats for 1920.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/1920.shtml

I was emphatically trying to focus their attention on the fact that Ruth out-homered every other team in the league, but the magnitude of that seemed to escape them.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 February 2016 17:22 (five years ago) link

three years pass...
one year passes...

Almost died during the 1918 epidemic, apparently--not because of the flu, which he did contract, but rather a quack treatment.

https://www.insidehook.com/article/sports/influenza-pandemic-that-nearly-killed-babe-ruth

clemenza, Saturday, 20 February 2021 18:07 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

Jimmy Breslin, writing about Babe Ruth: pic.twitter.com/EdBYWdGBJV

— Todd Radom (@ToddRadom) September 7, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 17:04 (two weeks ago) link


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