Babe Ruth Newsbeat
Friday, June 26, 2015
New York Sun, June 26, 1915:
Babe Ruth and Slim Caldwell, generally known to the baseball fans as the greatest of home run [hitting] pitchers, were responsible for the easy victory chalked up by the Red Sox against the Yankees [in New York yesterday]. The Boston pitcher contributed to the home team’s triumph by hard hitting and fair pitching, while Caldwell’s portion was poor pitching.
In each of the series played by the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds this year Ruth has blown himself to a home run in the right field stands, the first coming on May 6 and the second on June 2…In the second inning, with one Boston Run in the book and two red hosed runners on the paths, Ruth hit one all the way over the fence near the right field bleachers. The drive goes on record as one of the longest ever made at Fenway Park. In the sixth inning Ruth almost got another circuit clout, but Cree had been waiting for this one and he caught it after backing to the fence.
Say, this Ruth guy is pretty good. Is it rash of me to suggest he might break Roger Connor’s career home run record some day?
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The 2012 edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records states that Ruth holds the top AL mark in four seasons: 1920 (136 RBIs); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); and 1926 (151). This venerable record book is edited by long-time SABR member Seymour Siwoff, president of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians for Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, MLB.com, the official website for Major League Baseball, states that Ruth was first in RBIs in six AL seasons: 1919 (114 RBIs); 1920 (137); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); 1926 (146); and 1928 (142). The statistics presented on MLB.com are the responsibility of SABR member Cory Schwartz, Vice-President of MLB.com.
Something’s out of whack here: How can such disparate RBI statistics come from two official entities of Major League Baseball?
To address this situation I decided to ascertain the accurate RBI record of Babe Ruth for his entire major-league career (1914–35). The results of my comprehensive and in-depth research are provided in this article.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Because RBIs were not considered an official statistic until 1920, there is some discrepancy as to how many RBIs Ruth should be credited with. However, Elias Sports Bureau, the statistician of Major League Baseball, has Ruth at 1,992 for his career.
bb-ref has Ruth at 2214 RBI. If you ignore everything before 1920, it becomes 1990 RBI. So it would seem that they’re ignoring everything before 1920 and have two extra RBI unaccounted for. Maybe they came from the same game as Ty Cobb’s two extra hits.
Friday, May 22, 2015
The Library of Congress opened its photo vault and unleashed these great Babe Ruth pics. (from si.com hot clicks)
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 26 comment(s)
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, May 7, 1915:
Those Yanks won another game up at the Polo Grounds yesterday, after fighting the Boston Red Sox tooth and nail for thirteen innings.
For Boston, the big left-handed pitcher, Babe Ruth, was all that a pitcher is supposed to be, and some more. He put his team into the running in the third inning by smashing a mighty rap into the upper tier of the right-field grandstand. Ruth also had two other hits to his credit. His pitching throughout was of high order, and it was only after the hardest kind of effort that the Yanks were able to break through his service.
It’s fitting that Ruth’s first career home run was an upper-deck shot, even if it was into the short porch in right at the Polo Grounds. Get used to this kid, old-timey folks, there are 713 more where that came from.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
New York Evening World, May 6, 1915:
The Red Sox are here for the first time to-day and the shooting ought to be good. They have just shut out the Senators two games in succession, but are far behind their schedule of cinching the pennant before the Fourth of July. As yet they have not beaten our new Yanks.
This was the closest thing I could find to a preview of the May 6, 1915 Boston-New York game, a 13-inning affair with a pitching matchup that saw Yankee right hander Jack Warhop face off with a Boston rookie named George Ruth. Young Ruth had a memorable day, and it had nothing to do with him having a 12.1 inning complete game, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and an error in the same game.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Friday night, Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660, tying Willie Mays to become No. 4 on the all-time list. Now he has his sights set on the Babe, at No. 3 with 714.
Which is quite the coincidence, since it was 100 years ago this May 6, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, that Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run — against the Yankees.
Ruth, a burly young left-handed pitcher then playing for the Red Sox, was the first batter in the top of the third inning. He turned on the first pitch he saw from Jack Warhop and belted it into Seat 26, Section 3 of the right-field grandstand.
It was his 18th official at-bat and fifth hit since his major league debut on July 11, 1914. His previous four hits consisted of three doubles and one single, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.
Posted: May 03, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 49 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1915:
Manager Bill Carrigan of the Red Sox expects to depend largely upon his left-handed pitchers during the first months of the season. He has Leonard, Collins and Ruth ready to do their share of the work, and Foster, Shore, and Mays to help them.
Ruth? Ruth is going to make the team? There’s no way that kid’s ready. He has flop written all over him.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
What you’ll find above is a wonderful little skit where current Yanks players recreate the famous Babe Ruth scene from the movie. It stars Brett Gardner as Smalls, learning that he just offered up a ball autographed by Ruth to Hercules, the feared ball-chomping dog that lives beyond the sandlot’s fence. Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, C.C. Sabathia and Didi Gregorius play members of “The Sandlot” crew, but perhaps most notable is Brian McCann, who’s in the Ham Porter role and actually seems like he could be a slimmed-down, grown-up Ham.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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