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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious figures and actors and businessmen and musicians and authors and activists and scientists and artists – of everyone whose ubiquity saturates our lives – was a baseball player.

“Seventy years after his death,” Leavy writes, “Babe Ruth remains the lodestar of American fame.”

Nearly a century after the story begins – “On Oct. 10, 1927,” she writes, when Ruth “was the most famous man in America” – it’s hard to conceive of a baseball player being the most famous athlete in America, let alone the most famous person. And yet with a clever narrative that tells Ruth’s life story through the lens of his 21-city barnstorming tour with Lou Gehrig, Leavy doesn’t need to do any convincing that it’s true. The facts clearly support the premise.

A headline for which we hope that the normal rule does not apply….

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, rob neyer, superstars

Monday, July 30, 2018

Was the Baseball Hall of Fame Sending a Message with Babe Ruth’s Plaque?

The inscription on Jack Morris’ plaque is four times as long as that of Babe Ruth. But really, that’s not the worst of it: Bud Selig’s testament is longer than Jackie Robinson’s. And that seems… not great.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

First, the Yankees Played the Indians. Then World War ll Took the Field.

Rather interesting story here, especially for those with an interest in the sort of special exhibition games we don’t seem to have anymore.

During World War II, baseball not only survived, it thrived. Games were turned into dazzling patriotic shows, and an extravaganza like the all-star game featuring the greats of the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers at Polo Grounds on Aug. 26, 1943, raised $800 million in war bonds.

But another war-relief game that summer, which raised far less money, left an enduring mark on baseball.

On July 28, 1943, the main event came after the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium.

 

QLE Posted: July 28, 2018 at 07:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, exhibitions, indians, navy, ted williams, world war ii, yankees

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

14 minutes of sound footage from the April 1931 Yankees-Red Sox season opener (YouTube)

SEE!  The Sultan of Swat spit!  SEE! The Sultan of Spit swat!

SEE!  “Charlie” Ruffing get an RBI!  SEE!  Mayor Jimmy Walker steal a baseball!  SEE!  The #4 subway train stop for the national anthem!  And hats!  Hats!  Hats!

NOT SHOWN!  The two home runs in the game!  One from Babe Ruth (his first of 46 that season) and—that’s right, you guessed it—Tom Winsett (his first of 1).

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 18, 2018 at 05:13 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, batting practice, film, hats, lou gehrig

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Story Of Shohei Ohtani’s Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Three-time World Series champion and Angels hitting coach Eric Hinske burst into the clubhouse like a man possessed. Inside, the Angels relievers and a few other players, including Mike Trout, were decompressing before their May 8 game at the Rockies’ notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

“Oh my God,” Hinske said, to no one in particular. “That was the most ridiculous BP run I think I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The way Angels reliever Noe Ramirez tells the story makes Hinske’s “Oh my God” sound like Will Ferrell as Harry Caray.

“I guess I was pretty excited,” Hinske told me, with a laugh.

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had just finished his first career batting practice session in Denver, and he did not disappoint. Four of the approximately 20 homers he mashed hit the third deck—one in particular landed right below The Rooftop, a standing-room-only area beyond the third level. The ball left a dent on a wall several rows up. Another came a few feet short of entering a terrace bar beyond the seats of the third deck.

“My mouth was just open like, ‘Bro, you guys don’t even get it, how far these balls were going,’” Hinske said. “Nobody’s ever hit it up there, and he just does it every swing.”

Ohtani’s Rooftop blast was estimated at 517 feet, according to Greg Rybarczyk, the creator of ESPN’s HR Tracker and an analyst for the Red Sox.

“It looked like it went 600-plus feet,” Hinske said.

 

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 28, 2018 at 02:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome, babe ruth

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-6-2018

Toledo News-Bee, June 6, 1918:

Babe Ruth was again a herculean clouter on Wednesday, but his super-hitting failed to bring victory to the Red Sox, who were downed by the Indians.

Babe, for the fourth time in as many days, hit for four bases.

As I said yesterday, Wally Pipp led the American League with nine home runs the previous season. Ruth hit four dingers in four days.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2018 at 12:51 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Mike Trout Is on His Way to the Best Season Ever

On Sunday, Mike Trout went 0-for-3, failing to reach base via hit or walk for only the eighth time in a game he’s started this season. Even so, he helped his team win. With the Angels up 2-0 on Texas in the fifth, Delino DeShields drove a ball to the wall in left-center, 103 feet from where Trout was standing when the pitch left Tyler Skaggs’s hand. Based on the distance and direction of the wall and the ball, an average outfielder would have had only a 19 percent chance of corralling the probable extra-base hit, according to Statcast. But Trout made the grab, running a nearly direct route (104 feet) and reaching a top speed of 29 feet per second. It was the unlikeliest catch that Trout has recorded in the 2015-18 Statcast era, and the latest highlight of the multitime MVP’s consistently extraordinary season.

...

By going 3-for-5 on Saturday with a single, a triple, a home run, and a tag-evading stolen base so slick that it required a replay review to sort out, Trout propelled himself to 5.3 wins above replacement, 1.2 WAR ahead of anyone else on the Baseball-Reference leaderboard. That put him on pace for a 14.6-WAR season, which would surpass Babe Ruth’s 14.1 in 1923 as the best ever by a position player.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-5-2018

Toledo News-Bee, June 5, 1918:

Babe Ruth, right now baseball’s demon clouter, hit his third home run in as many days into the right field bleachers at Detroit on Tuesday and helped Boston beat the Tigers.

Three home runs in three days doesn’t seem all that remarkable, but Wally Pipp led the 1917 American League in home runs. With nine.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 05, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

 

 

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