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2012-07-12 09:39:49 AM  
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2012-07-12 09:51:50 AM  
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2012-07-12 10:22:19 AM  

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2012-07-12 10:25:38 AM  

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2012-07-12 10:29:42 AM  

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2012-07-12 11:08:17 AM  

beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.


Yeah, but, for everyone who just brings up "he was just a fat HR hitter", also forgets these career stats for Ruth:

Pitching: 94-48 , 2.28 ERA

And most of that was over only a 4 year span. He could have probably been a HOF pitcher too, if he'd wanted to go down that road.

But, of course, this guy would tell you it was because of the batters he went against: Link
 
2012-07-12 11:15:43 AM  

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2012-07-12 11:22:36 AM  

dletter: beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.

Yeah, but, for everyone who just brings up "he was just a fat HR hitter", also forgets these career stats for Ruth:

Pitching: 94-48 , 2.28 ERA

And most of that was over only a 4 year span. He could have probably been a HOF pitcher too, if he'd wanted to go down that road.

But, of course, this guy would tell you it was because of the batters he went against: Link


The Babe's favorite record was his World Series pitching streak of 29 2/3 straight scoreless innings
 
2012-07-12 11:23:24 AM  

dletter: beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.

Yeah, but, for everyone who just brings up "he was just a fat HR hitter", also forgets these career stats for Ruth:

Pitching: 94-48 , 2.28 ERA

And most of that was over only a 4 year span. He could have probably been a HOF pitcher too, if he'd wanted to go down that road.

But, of course, this guy would tell you it was because of the batters he went against: Link


I know the movie was terrible and nobody saw it, but that was a quote from Cobb.
 
2012-07-12 11:33:35 AM  

beantowndog: I know the movie was terrible and nobody saw it, but that was a quote from Cobb.


Turns out they knew each other well too Link:

Claire Hodgson, a Ziegfeld girl, was sleeping with both Ty and Babe Ruth at roughly the same period. Years later Claire said, "Ty was the greatest, but Babe was first in my heart." At the same time Babe was seeing Claire, he was married to Helen. Later on Babe cheated on Claire.
 
2012-07-12 12:17:03 PM  
FOR-EV-ER

FOR-EV-ER

FOR-EV-ERRRRRRRRRRRRR
 
2012-07-12 01:20:44 PM  
You're killing me smalls!
 
2012-07-12 01:21:28 PM  
On July 11, 1914...
This article was greenlighted a day late.
 
2012-07-12 01:25:11 PM  

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I am familiar with this movie.
 
2012-07-12 01:25:51 PM  

macdaddy357: On July 11, 1914...
This article was greenlighted a day late.


I would say one year and 364 days early.
 
2012-07-12 01:28:48 PM  

Super Chronic: macdaddy357: On July 11, 1914...
This article was greenlighted a day late.

I would say one year and 364 days early.


Yeah, came here to say exactly that. 98 years? Meh, re-post this anniversary in 2 years.
 
2012-07-12 01:31:16 PM  
Babe Ruth was nothing but a fat old man with little girl legs.
 
2012-07-12 01:40:54 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!


Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.
 
2012-07-12 01:41:20 PM  
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2012-07-12 01:59:54 PM  

beantowndog: I know the movie was terrible and nobody saw it, but that was a quote from Cobb.


I actually quoted 'Cobb' yesterday. The answer to why Cobb would only hit .290
 
2012-07-12 02:06:26 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.


That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome
 
2012-07-12 02:28:06 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome


It'd be better if I had a s'more
 
2012-07-12 02:28:35 PM  
You mean the guy who holds te single season homerun rec
 
2012-07-12 02:31:41 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome

It'd be better if I had a s'more


Some more what?
 
2012-07-12 02:31:49 PM  
Pretty good golfer, too

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2012-07-12 02:32:57 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome


I never would've had the guts to put the moves on that lifeguard. :-(
 
2012-07-12 02:37:27 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome

It'd be better if I had a s'more

Some more what?


You're killin' me Smalls!
 
2012-07-12 02:39:00 PM  
Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season with the Yankees, out-homering all but one other team.

Most dominate home run hitter of all time.

OF ALL TIME.
 
2012-07-12 02:46:17 PM  
Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in his last year in Fenway. 54 the year he moved to New York.

If that's not an enormous park effect I don't know what is.

/Though it goes both ways - sure, the Polo Grounds was easy to homer in, but Fenway was a pitchers' park at the time. If the Sox had held onto Ruth he would've only been a little over half the power hitter he became.
//Still one of the best pitchers in Red Sox history.
 
2012-07-12 02:55:35 PM  

Broktun: Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season with the Yankees, out-homering all but one other team.

Most dominate home run hitter of all time.

OF ALL TIME.


Indeed - without question. No one was so far ahead of his contemporaries.

/true, if they had let the brothers play, folks like Josh Gibson would have given the Babe a run for his money, but I doubt anyone could have equaled Ruth
//Key stat: .690 lifetime slugging percentage --- Not one league leader has reached Ruth career slugging percentage since a juiced Barry Bonds in 2004
 
2012-07-12 03:04:14 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome

It'd be better if I had a s'more

Some more what?

You're killin' me Smalls!


For-ev-VER
 
2012-07-12 03:06:58 PM  
Epic thread... Thanks Farkers... I will remember this forever, forevvvver, fooooorrrr eeeevvvveeerrr
 
2012-07-12 03:12:21 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Broktun: Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season with the Yankees, out-homering all but one other team.

Most dominate home run hitter of all time.

OF ALL TIME.

Indeed - without question. No one was so far ahead of his contemporaries.

/true, if they had let the brothers play, folks like Josh Gibson would have given the Babe a run for his money, but I doubt anyone could have equaled Ruth
//Key stat: .690 lifetime slugging percentage --- Not one league leader has reached Ruth career slugging percentage since a juiced Barry Bonds in 2004


Ruth had an ERA of 1.75 in 1916 \. Lifetime 94W 46L 2.28ERA 107CG
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=ruthba01

That's pretty damn good for 10 seasons of pitching.

It will be a long time before someone matches or surpasses what Ruth did on both sides of the ball.
 
2012-07-12 03:14:24 PM  
I should correct myself.
6 seasons of pitching with a few games here or there afterwards.
 
2012-07-12 03:16:16 PM  

beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.


You can find pictures of him when he was with the Sawks, and he wasn't fat then. That came after getting traded to the Yankees.
 
2012-07-12 03:23:45 PM  

dletter: beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.

Yeah, but, for everyone who just brings up "he was just a fat HR hitter", also forgets these career stats for Ruth:

Pitching: 94-48 , 2.28 ERA

And most of that was over only a 4 year span. He could have probably been a HOF pitcher too, if he'd wanted to go down that road.

But, of course, this guy would tell you it was because of the batters he went against: Link


He's like the Joad Cressbeckler of a decade ago!
 
2012-07-12 03:24:39 PM  

beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.


CASEY Babe Ruth.
DAN We're not naming Babe Ruth athlete of the century.
CASEY Why not?
DAN 'Cause he wasn't.
CASEY He could play.
DAN He could hit.
CASEY He could hit far.
DAN He had to hit far 'cause you know what he couldn't do?
CASEY What?
DAN Run.
 
2012-07-12 03:25:38 PM  

beantowndog: He could run okay for a fat man.


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2012-07-12 03:28:07 PM  
What helped Ruth, too, was that he was an exceptional talent at a time when the majority of players had offseason jobs. Ruth did not. He got to train and recover. Others didn't. He also didn't have to face minority pitchers. That said, he is among the greatest of all time, but to compare him to players of any other era is not really a comparison that can be made. It'd be like comparing Jim Brown to Barry Sanders. Or Random_Old_School_Defensive_Lineman to Reggie White. The game changes, and you cannot really compare them.
 
2012-07-12 03:28:58 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome

It'd be better if I had a s'more

Some more what?


First you toast the mallow.
 
2012-07-12 03:37:38 PM  
Bader-Ginsburg?
 
2012-07-12 03:47:18 PM  

machoprogrammer: What helped Ruth, too, was that he was an exceptional talent at a time when the majority of players had offseason jobs. Ruth did not. He got to train and recover. Others didn't. He also didn't have to face minority pitchers. That said, he is among the greatest of all time, but to compare him to players of any other era is not really a comparison that can be made. It'd be like comparing Jim Brown to Barry Sanders. Or Random_Old_School_Defensive_Lineman to Reggie White. The game changes, and you cannot really compare them.


Granted, there was a much smaller pool to get players from, but there were only 16 teams of 26 players. There were 416 players in 1920 vs 1200 today

Of course there were no Latino players, as well as blacks. The US population was 1/3 of today's, so the argument is still in your favor, just not as much as people think.

Don't get me started on the difference in travel.
 
2012-07-12 03:52:45 PM  
Ruth was not some fat, lumbering ox. He was an outstanding defensive right fielder, and according to the biography of Lefty Gomez that just came out, a very graceful dancer too. Best baseball player ever, that we know of. We don't know what Josh Gibson or Satchel Paige's, or even Sadaharu Oh's stats would have been if they had been able to play their entire careers in MLB.
 
2012-07-12 03:58:40 PM  

machoprogrammer: What helped Ruth, too, was that he was an exceptional talent at a time when the majority of players had offseason jobs. Ruth did not. He got to train and recover. Others didn't. He also didn't have to face minority pitchers. That said, he is among the greatest of all time, but to compare him to players of any other era is not really a comparison that can be made. It'd be like comparing Jim Brown to Barry Sanders. Or Random_Old_School_Defensive_Lineman to Reggie White. The game changes, and you cannot really compare them.


That is an interesting theory. I mean, I know that Ruth was obviously the highest paid player at the time, but, from how you are saying it, it was like if today one guy in the league got paid $3 million a year to player, and nearly everyone else in the league got paid $25,000 a year.

That may well be the case, but, can anyone put some more real context to that?
 
2012-07-12 04:05:13 PM  
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2012-07-12 04:10:12 PM  
Babe Ruth was big, but many people think he was this gigantic fat man simply because the majority of photos and videos the public sees comes from his latter years.

Seriously, look at him when he was younger. Though the only six-pack anywhere around him was probably going to be a six-pack of beer, he wasn't filling out the uniform like Santa Claus fills out his red suit (as was the case later down the line).

And he was acceptable in speed. Though not Mickey Mantle pre-injury, he had a hell of a lot of triples in his career (though that is in large part due to park dimensions being freaking absurd).
 
2012-07-12 04:24:43 PM  
The most dominant hitter of his era was also a really good pitcher. Therefore we should get rid of the DH position entirely.

/am i doing it right?
 
2012-07-12 05:03:14 PM  

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THE GREAT BAMBINO!

THE SULTAN OF SWAT

The Colossus of Clout!

The King of Crash!

Oh the Great BAMBINO! I thought you said the Great Bambi.

That wimpy deer?

/this thread is already awesome

I never would've had the guts to put the moves on that lifeguard. :-(


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Wendy Peffercorn FTW.

/she grew into a hot looking woman to boot.
 
2012-07-12 05:35:58 PM  

dletter:
Yeah, but, for everyone who just brings up "he was just a fat HR hitter", also forgets these career stats for Ruth:


Anyone that says he was just a fat HR hitter is a moron, anyway. Before Ruth set the HR record for a year with 29, the record was 12. A "home run guy" in that era simply didn't exist. If you could hit 10 of them a year, you were a genuine power guy. Ruth's NL counterpart that year hit 12. The next year when Ruth hit 50 of them, his NL counterpart hit 15.

Ruth wasn't just a fat HR guy. He was the first fat HR guy, and stayed that way for a long, long time.
 
2012-07-12 05:38:22 PM  

birdboy2000: Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in his last year in Fenway. 54 the year he moved to New York.

If that's not an enormous park effect I don't know what is.


You don't know what is.

The next best Yankee behind Ruth should have had a similar park effect, right?

He hit 11 HRs that year.
 
2012-07-12 05:42:18 PM  

Broktun: machoprogrammer: What helped Ruth, too, was that he was an exceptional talent at a time when the majority of players had offseason jobs. Ruth did not. He got to train and recover. Others didn't. He also didn't have to face minority pitchers. That said, he is among the greatest of all time, but to compare him to players of any other era is not really a comparison that can be made. It'd be like comparing Jim Brown to Barry Sanders. Or Random_Old_School_Defensive_Lineman to Reggie White. The game changes, and you cannot really compare them.

Granted, there was a much smaller pool to get players from, but there were only 16 teams of 26 players. There were 416 players in 1920 vs 1200 today

Of course there were no Latino players, as well as blacks. The US population was 1/3 of today's, so the argument is still in your favor, just not as much as people think.

Don't get me started on the difference in travel.


You couldn't be more wrong about the "just not as much as people think" line. While the dominance he had over contemporaries was amazing, his skill just doesn't measure up when you look at the numbers.

The population was a third what it is now; 10% of those people were minorities who couldn't play, and he didn't have to play against minorities. He also faced a limited number of rubber-armed pitchers for him to maul, with only 7 opponents and little bullpen usage. There were no international players, and even though travel sucked, the physical toll of the game and sorry state of medicine would be much worse on his pitching counterparts. Despite all this in his favor, he led the league in K's five times.

And none of that factors in the sociological effect of million-dollar salaries on the player pool. Kids these days have millions of reasons from birth to work to be a pro athlete. No one in Babe's day had much of a reason to want to play baseball. That marketplace would've been woefully inefficient at finding and maximizing talent.
 
2012-07-12 05:55:42 PM  

birdboy2000: Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in his last year in Fenway. 54 the year he moved to New York.

If that's not an enormous park effect I don't know what is.

/Though it goes both ways - sure, the Polo Grounds was easy to homer in, but Fenway was a pitchers' park at the time. If the Sox had held onto Ruth he would've only been a little over half the power hitter he became.
//Still one of the best pitchers in Red Sox history.


Also 1920 was the beginning of the "live ball" era, unless I'm mistaken. That 54 isn't remotely comparable to the 29.

Still, best ballplayer ever.
 
2012-07-12 05:58:55 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: birdboy2000: Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in his last year in Fenway. 54 the year he moved to New York.

If that's not an enormous park effect I don't know what is.

/Though it goes both ways - sure, the Polo Grounds was easy to homer in, but Fenway was a pitchers' park at the time. If the Sox had held onto Ruth he would've only been a little over half the power hitter he became.
//Still one of the best pitchers in Red Sox history.

Also 1920 was the beginning of the "live ball" era, unless I'm mistaken. That 54 isn't remotely comparable to the 29.

Still, best ballplayer ever.


That 59 is even more ridiculously impressive than the 59. The live ball era only began at that time because Ruth was hitting them. No one in the league even came close to what he was doing until Rogers Hornsby came along two years later.
 
2012-07-12 06:57:33 PM  
I chuckled at the headline because I watching The Sandlot on DVD for the first time since I was a wee lad. Then, I went into the thread and started laughing.
 
2012-07-12 08:24:10 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-12 09:06:24 PM  

Dawg47: Broktun: machoprogrammer: What helped Ruth, too, was that he was an exceptional talent at a time when the majority of players had offseason jobs. Ruth did not. He got to train and recover. Others didn't. He also didn't have to face minority pitchers. That said, he is among the greatest of all time, but to compare him to players of any other era is not really a comparison that can be made. It'd be like comparing Jim Brown to Barry Sanders. Or Random_Old_School_Defensive_Lineman to Reggie White. The game changes, and you cannot really compare them.

Granted, there was a much smaller pool to get players from, but there were only 16 teams of 26 players. There were 416 players in 1920 vs 1200 today

Of course there were no Latino players, as well as blacks. The US population was 1/3 of today's, so the argument is still in your favor, just not as much as people think.

Don't get me started on the difference in travel.

You couldn't be more wrong about the "just not as much as people think" line. While the dominance he had over contemporaries was amazing, his skill just doesn't measure up when you look at the numbers.

The population was a third what it is now; 10% of those people were minorities who couldn't play, and he didn't have to play against minorities. He also faced a limited number of rubber-armed pitchers for him to maul, with only 7 opponents and little bullpen usage. There were no international players, and even though travel sucked, the physical toll of the game and sorry state of medicine would be much worse on his pitching counterparts. Despite all this in his favor, he led the league in K's five times.

And none of that factors in the sociological effect of million-dollar salaries on the player pool. Kids these days have millions of reasons from birth to work to be a pro athlete. No one in Babe's day had much of a reason to want to play baseball. That marketplace would've been woefully inefficient at finding and maximizing talent.


On the other hand there were only 3 ways to make a living as an athlete in the first decades of the 20th century. Baseball, boxing, and jockey. Most other sports were strictly amateur endeavors.
 
2012-07-12 09:12:29 PM  

birdboy2000: Babe Ruth hit 29 home runs in his last year in Fenway. 54 the year he moved to New York.

If that's not an enormous park effect I don't know what is.

/Though it goes both ways - sure, the Polo Grounds was easy to homer in, but Fenway was a pitchers' park at the time. If the Sox had held onto Ruth he would've only been a little over half the power hitter he became.
//Still one of the best pitchers in Red Sox history.


It wasn't the park. Yankee Stadium didn't open until 1923.

The ball was different, and starting in 1921 with the banning of e spitball the ball was clean, visible, and relatively pristine. There's a reason they call it the live-ball era.
 
2012-07-12 09:49:32 PM  

MFAWG: On the other hand there were only 3 ways to make a living as an athlete in the first decades of the 20th century. Baseball, boxing, and jockey. Most other sports were strictly amateur endeavors.


True, but there wasn't near the competition level for professional baseball players back then that there is now. I am guessing not too many kids born in 1895 dreamed of playing pro ball, but I could be wrong...

But anyway, he never had to face minority pitchers, left-handed specialists or pitchers on 4/5-day rest. He was a hell of a talent, no doubt, and one of the greatest, but it's hard to say he is the GOAT when he had an easier set of opposition than other players. IMO, Cobb is the greatest from that era (the low strike out rate and number of hits is just astounding).

And yeah, Ruth wasn't fat at all in his earlier years. Not bodybuilder level physique, but he was in really good shape.
 
2012-07-12 10:11:18 PM  
wow - he got called N****r Lips --- interesting censorship....
 
2012-07-12 10:58:29 PM  

machoprogrammer: MFAWG: On the other hand there were only 3 ways to make a living as an athlete in the first decades of the 20th century. Baseball, boxing, and jockey. Most other sports were strictly amateur endeavors.

True, but there wasn't near the competition level for professional baseball players back then that there is now. I am guessing not too many kids born in 1895 dreamed of playing pro ball, but I could be wrong...

But anyway, he never had to face minority pitchers, left-handed specialists or pitchers on 4/5-day rest. He was a hell of a talent, no doubt, and one of the greatest, but it's hard to say he is the GOAT when he had an easier set of opposition than other players. IMO, Cobb is the greatest from that era (the low strike out rate and number of hits is just astounding).

And yeah, Ruth wasn't fat at all in his earlier years. Not bodybuilder level physique, but he was in really good shape.


I think the minority thing is a bit overplayed. The talent pool may have been smaller, but the options were far, far fewer. Ruth wasn't going to be a jockey, and I'm not sure he would have been a great heavyweight either.

To paraphrase Bobby Cox: Who the hell knows who the Greatest Of All Time is, but Ruth is the only guy in the running who had success on the mound and at the plate.
 
2012-07-12 11:35:13 PM  
Adolf Oliver Nipples

Polo Grounds was 258 feet to left field for a high ball, 279 for a line drive because of the upper deck. 258 feet to right.
Fenway is 310 feet to left and has the monster, 302 to right.

Polo Grounds, to be fair, had a deeper center field. It was not an extreme hitters park, and indeed Ruth's home run totals in 1920 were only slightly higher at the Polo Grounds than on the road. However, Ruth hit under one third of his total home runs at Fenway in 1919 - a grand total of 9 out of 29.

If we hadn't sold him, he would've still been the best power hitter of that era, but his numbers would pale in comparison to what he did with the Yankees, or would have done pretty much anywhere else.
 
2012-07-12 11:35:44 PM  
Career statistics:

Batting average .342
Home runs 714
Hits 2,873
Runs batted in 2,217
Win-loss record 94-46
Earned run average 2.28

All-time ranks:

1st on all-time slugging % with 0.690
1st on all-time OPS with 1.164
1st on all-time OPS+ with 206
2nd on all-time on-base % list with .474
2nd on all-time RBI list with 2,217
3rd on all-time home run list with 714
3rd on all-time bases on balls list with 2,062
4th on all-time runs list with 2,174
6th on all-time total bases list with 5,793
10th on all-time batting average list with .342


i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-13 01:53:02 AM  
Subby writing this headline:
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Subby now:
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2012-07-13 05:36:09 AM  
Beeroids. What can't they do?
 
2012-07-13 06:52:02 AM  
True story. Five years ago, we were renovating the kitchen in our old house. It was a real handyman special located in the Boston suburbs, about 110 years old. As we start ripping out the walls, I find an almost perfectly intact copy of the Boston Globe, dated July 31, 1917. We carefully unfolded and marveled at this wonderful artifact, but the best part was when we got to the sports section. Yes, the Red Sox won that previous day, and the winning pitcher was "Bab" Ruth with his 17th win against the White Sox.

That page I got framed under protective glass and it hangs in my home office. I'm looking at it as I write this.
 
2012-07-13 09:07:35 AM  
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2012-07-13 11:33:11 AM  

babysealclubber: You're killing me smalls!


This took ENTIRELY too long.
 
2012-07-14 01:03:33 PM  
Oh Wendy Peffercorn....
 
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