The Sultan of Swat.
Man, the Babe was one cool dude.
1935. Ruth meeting with ex-teammate Lou Gehrig during his final season of his playing career as a member of the Boston Braves.
In 1938 Ruth was the First Base Coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dodger outfielders Tuck Stainback, Buddy Hassett, Kiki Cuyler sing with their lovable coach.
The Babe pitching. Now it is common knowledge that he was originally a Pitcher in the Red Sox organization prior to coming over to New York. But did he ever pitch for the Yankees is what I recently found myself wondering? Well it turns out he took the mound for a combined 31 innings with a 5 – 0 record for NY during the 1920, 1921, 1930 and 1933 seasons. The Southpaw finished his combined pitching career with a 94 – 46 record and a 2.28 ERA. Add that to his incredible post-season pitching record from his Boston days and I gotta say that I admire the dude even more then I already did. I found THIS blog which has a write-up on each of Ruth’s Yankee appearances on the pitching mound, definitely read it if you get the chance.
October 3rd, 1923. A great photo of Babe Ruth in a New York Giants uniform alongside Hall of Fame Manager John McGraw. Ruth played for the Giants during the game as it was an exhibition game against the Minor League Baltimore Orioles in which the proceeds went towards a benefit. The 1923 Orioles are often brought up in discussion as being one of the best Minor League teams in Baseball history.
July 5th, 1924. In a game against the Washington Senators, Ruth collided with a concrete wall while chasing a fly ball hit by Joe Judge. Ruth was knocked out for a full 5 minutes and was eventually awakened when the Yankees trainer Doc Woods threw cold water over his face. The next day he hit a home run against the Senators while most certainly battling post-concussion syndrome. Something tells me that there is not a chance in hell that would go down today.