Thursday, April 27, 2006
Babe Ruth Day
As Barry Roids nears closer and closer to Babe Ruth home run mark, we must take a look back at what Babe Ruth did for baseball.
George Herman Ruth first broke in as a pitcher with the minor league Baltimore Orioles before being signed by the Boston Red Sox. There he was a dominate pitcher leading the league in ERA and strike outs a couple times. Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees to finance his Broadway musical and thus set in the Curse of the Babe. The whole story of Frazee and his plays are more of a myth than anything else, but I'm not going to get into that.
Ruth remained a pitchers until the management saw that he could hit too so they decided to switch him to the outfield.
He lead continuously broke his own home run records and kept raising the bar and the layout of baseball glory. In 1921, the Yankees won their first ever pennant only to lose to the New York Giants. Babe Ruth was the last out as he was caught stealing second. You may think that fat people shouldn’t be running fast, but Ruth was a skinny fellow back in his early days and was a prolific base thief.1923 marked the first time the Yankees won the World Series, a tradition that the Yankees have kept up.
On August 16, 1948, Babe Ruth died of throat cancer and his body was laid in Yankee Stadium so that over 10,000 fans could walk by and mourn him.
Babe Ruth was one of the greatest players of all time; he set the bar for baseball today and is the icon of all sports and one of the most recognized sports figures in the world next to Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant, and Michael Jordan.
Today we celebrate George Herman "Babe" Ruth
His career stats compared to the all-time lists goes as follows:
Slugging percentage: .6898, 1st
Career OPS: 1.1638, 1st
Home Runs: 714, 2nd
RBI: 2,117, 2nd
At-bats per home run: 11.76, 2nd
On-base percentage: .474, 2nd
Extra-base hits: 1,356, 2nd
Walks: 2,063, 3rd
Runs: 2,175, 3rd
Total bases: 5,793, 5th
Batting average: .3421, 9th
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Posted by Steve Kenul at 12:19 PM
Ryan posted at 10:00 PM
Man how can you be from Texas and pull for the Yankees?
Steve Kenul posted at 8:01 AM
I stationed here. I have always been a Yankees fan and always will be. Rangers suck and the Astros arent worth my time even though they are pretty good this year.