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Baseball as a metaphor for war...

A 1951 article about the Negro Baseball League can be read here

Home Run Number 60 (Gentry Magazine, 1952)

Babe Ruth hit his sixtieth home run on October 1, 1927:

"The mighty blow came off a south-paw throw of Tom Zachary, Senator pitcher, as he saw his low, hard one belted into Babe's favorite parking place, the right field bleachers. This hit not only set a record, but won the game since the score was deadlocked at two-two in the eighth, when the Pasha of Bash stepped to the rubber with one out and Koenig on third..."

Take a look at an interesting article about baseball played in Japanese prison camps.

 

Babe Ruth's Record (Gentry Magazine, 1952)

Compiled four years after the Babe's death, the attached list will provide you with a compilation of all the various, assorted "mosts" that Babe Ruth racked up during his baseball career:

Babe Ruth Baseball Articles

Most home runs, lifetime..................................714
Most home runs, American League..................708
Most home runs, World Series.........................15
Most home runs, season..................................60
Most years leading in home runs......................12
etc...etc...

 

My Friend Babe Ruth (Collier's Magazine, 1924)

1920s sportswriter Arthur Robinson wrote this profile of his pal Babe Ruth (1895 1948) for the editors of Collier's Magazine:

"For some years I have had a peculiarly intimate friendship with Babe Ruth...to the alternately and jeering millions who have watched this modern Beowulf at bat, driving out his smashes, it may have appeared that he was just a thick-skinned ballplayer, schooled to deafness on the field. The skin of my friend Babe Ruth is not thick."

"Babe Ruth today is a milestone in the progress of American life, yea, even a vital economic and social force and factor. The Yankee Stadium cost several millions and is appropriately called , 'The House That Ruth Built'. He has drawn more people to baseball than any other player in the history of the game. Everywhere larger ballparks have been built simply because of the interest he has attracted to the game. And baseball salaries have have gone up because of him.

 

Babe Ruth Ranks His Peers (Literary Digest, 1929)

"The ten best players that Babe Ruth can pick from the major leagues go into an unofficial diamond hall of fame. Ruth started picking these teams as a result of a clubhouse argument...

"That there has been no prejudice is best shown, I think, by the fact that I have named six men from the National League and only one from my own league, the American...I haven't named a single man from my own club, the New York Yankees, the men who play alongside me day after day through the season."

 

The Little Things That Made Babe Ruth (Colliers' Magazine, 1924)

A confidant cashed-in on his chum Babe Ruth and provided numerous factoids regarding the baseball legend's habits, manias and obsessions that are not likely to be added to the Baseball Hall of Fame archives.

Sammy Sosa in our day may use steroids, but unlike Babe Ruth, at least he wears underwear...

 

The Theatrical Flare of the Babe (Gentry Magazine, 1952)

The attached article recalls one of the grandest moments in baseball history when Babe Ruth played it up to his fans:

"Then like an actor who, having played a part so often, knows it by heart, Ruth majestically waved toward the right center field wall. A moment later the Babe's pantomimed prediction was a reality. As the crowd, sensing the finale of the drama, rose to its feet, Ruth slammed a homer almost exactly where he had pointed."

 

 
 
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