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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-21-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, May 21, 1919:


Ruth’s terrific drive over the right field fence with the bases filled, checked St. Louis yesterday, Boston winning 6 to 4.

That was Ruth’s first of eight career grand slams. He also pitched a complete game 100 years ago yesterday because he was Babe Ruth and that’s what he did. In related news on the same page:

From now on Babe Ruth will be primarily a pitcher and will cavort in the outfield only in emergencies or on special occasions. Manager Barrow reached this decision a few days ago.

Ruth had a desire this spring to become a regular outfielder so that he could murder pitchers’ offerings every day in the week. His ability to do said murdering was not questioned, but his class as an outfielder was. Added to this was the fact that eventually his regular playing in the garden might injure his pitching ability.

Despite this report, Ruth continued to split time between left field and the pitcher’s mound for most of the rest of 1919.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 21, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Babe Ruth rookie card sells for $130K after being discovered in an old piano

After being discovered along with more than 100 other vintage trading cards inside an old piano, a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card sold for more than $130,000 this week.

For many years, Ruth’s rookie card wasn’t nearly as valuable as other items from fellow MLB legends such as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, according to the card’s auction website. In fact, Beckett Goodwin, the card’s auction house, estimated it would sell for half the price it eventually went for, per the New York Post’s Jordi Lippe-McGraw. The same Ruth card—in better condition—went for $38,837 in 2009.

The Ruth rookie card depicts the longtime New York Yankees slugger during his days as a Boston Red Sox pitcher.

For those curious, it’s an M101-4, often described as “Sporting News” after an advertiser often seen on the back, but not the original issuer.


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, baseball cards, piano

Monday, March 11, 2019

Babe Ruth’s Last Surviving Daughter Dies in Henderson at 102

Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced. Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness.

eric Posted: March 11, 2019 at 05:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Babe Ruth is the Greatest Player Ever?—?But He’s Far From the Best

Yet another list to argue about.

“Johnson threw 346 innings in 1913, using soft baseballs the color of John McGraw’s teeth…”

gehrig97 Posted: February 07, 2019 at 04:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, babe ruth, mickey mantle, mike trout, rickey henderson, willie mays

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Bill James: Babe Ruth Lost in Time

James posits that Babe Ruth would be a superstar in today’s game… not sure I buy it.

gehrig97 Posted: February 05, 2019 at 12:15 PM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bill james




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