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
Take me out to the ballgame . . . what does baseball mean to us?
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
But what does this have to do with… oh.
Bill, I saw an early return on a few (under 100) HOF ballots online, and Smoltz has over 75% needed to get in. Schilling has under 75%. Would it surprise you to see Smoltz get in ahead of Schilling?...
Well, I would certainly vote for Smoltz over Schilling. If you compare them as starting pitchers Schilling is ahead, but he wins by an NBA score. . . .98 to 93, or 102 to 97, something like that. If you put Smoltz’ three seasons of top-shelf relief pitching into the equation, I think he beats Schilling. In overtime.
What are the parameters in estimating improvement in MLB play over decades? For example, in sports that are measured quantitatively (track, swimming, weight-lifting, etc.) we know that runners have not improved their times in the 400 meter dash by 200% over the last few decades but that new records have been set, and we can eyeball what that improvement has been. Can we use a variety of comparative measures, not necessarily from these sports but including them, to estimate the ranges of improvement in MLB, or is it all just guesswork and BS and bias?
It’s not easy. The problem with the “parallel track” assumption is that the time line doesn’t match. The improvements that have taken place in track and field from 1960 to 2010 may have occurred in baseball from 1876 to 1920. (Certainly it is obvious that there was vast improvement in skills in baseball from 1876 to 1920. . .less obvious what the improvements have been since then.) Also, improvement in a complex set of skills is not parallel to improvement in a simple, direct skill such as runnin’ real fast or picking up something heavy. Baseball requires a mix of 100 or more highly refined skills. All of those improve at different speeds, and improvement in one waits on improvement in the others. One cannot learn to hit a 92 MPH breaking pitch until a significant number of people are around who can THROW a 92 MPH breaking pitch in the strike zone. We can work on the problem and gain some insight, but I’m not confident that we can measure improvement in baseball skills relative to other activities.
Bill, I dont remember if youve been asked this before? Do you support the pitch clock for pitchers? I think there should be a 30 second limit from when the pitcher receives the ball. And you?
I don’t know that a CLOCK is necessary. DIscipline is necessary. Stop calling timeout when there is no REASON to call time out. ALlow the umpire to call a “ball” when the pitcher dawdles. Skip the clock; it’s just discipline.
Hey Bill, It’s 1959 and you’re transported back to the Kansas City A’s owner’s office. You have one day to talk with him and the GM to try to impart as much as you can to them with the goal of trying to create a Kansas City A’s dynasty in the 1960s and beyond. Without naming names or saying stuff like “go trade for that young 1st baseman on the Giants”, that is, teaching them how to fish instead of giving them a fish, what are the things you would tell them to look at or to do? What are your priorities to get across to them to turn their club around?
The number one thing, certainly for THAT organization, is to get them to understand that player development is a process that takes time and requires patience. 1959 is a little bit too late to save that franchise. In 1959 they had no farm system to speak of. Connie Mack’s old farm system from Philadelphia, that moved to KC in ‘55, was way behind the time, and didn’t produce anything from 1955 to 1959. There is nothing you can do with nothing; you can’t trade your way to a pennant if you have nothing to start with, so the first thing you have to do is build a farm system. By 1959 that process was underway but slow. By 1963, with the hiring of Hank Peters, their development system started moving, and by 1967, when they left for Oakland, this was producing talent. So if you could move that process forward by 4 years, from 1963 to 1959, that would have helped, and if the organization had shown more patience with young players like Lou Klimchock, Nelson Mathews, Manny Jimenez, Bill Bryan, Fred Norman and others, that would have helped, and if you put those two things together, we could have moved the clock back to where the organization was rolling in 1964, rather than in 1968.
Hey Bill, did Brian Giles just become the best player ever to get zero Hall of Fame votes?
Frank Tanana. It was in the New York Times this morning. Same article mentioned my name. . ..thanks to whoever wrote that.
The District Attorney
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:28 PM | 36 comment(s)
hall of fame
for his generous support.
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