Caption says 1915:
On Babe and the bunts, I do have a number of news game recaps that point out his bunts, with dates.
Here he is practiing his bunting, an article that shows him bunting early in NY 1921 season and some articles from 1924, the year he led the laegue in batting .378.
"There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game."
- Ted Williams
"I know I'm the world's worst fielder, but who gets paid for fielding? There isn't a great fielder in baseball getting the kind of dough I get paid for hitting."
- Dick Stuart
If I recall and I'm almost certain, I got that box score at Baseball Reference...........not from the newspaper archives.
Looks to me like when Baseall Reference lists a box score, they calculate some stats that were not even known then and insert the stat, in this case OPS.
On the bunts, some where I have an article, with the shift on he bunts down third base and the ball rolls into the outfield, a double. Standing on second he flashes that big grin at the shortstop and third basemen who were playing him on the right side of the infield, then points to the vacated left side of the infield where he bunted.
It's only a game, lets have fun. I doubt he knew the meaning of the word pressure.
Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 03-26-2012 at 11:45 AM.
I remember reading the Babe`s statement that "I could hit .600 if I wanted to hit those crummy singles all day"!One source has the Babe making the comment loud enough for Cobb to hear as Ty was taking batting practice.Cobb would generally drop a couple of bunts and then bang out 6 liners as his batting practice(unless he was in the middle of a rare slump)and then call it quits,in order to avoid any temptation to try an start swinging for the fences.In Cobb`s book,Ty names Ruth on his all-time team.The caption that Cobb gives a picture of Ruth was something like "The Babe hitting a single..something he did quite well".From Cobb`s perspective he was paying Ruth a great compliment.After all,Ruth hit over 1,000 singles and did hit .342 lifetime.
I guess Harry changed his mind. Then tried to cover his rear end with Bosox fans claiming that the poor showing by the Bosox in 1919 was the fault of the Babe, who in 1919 led both leagues in so many offensive stats, also 9-5 pitching. Claiming it was because Babe was a bad boy, which he was at times and also because the Boston Red Sox were now a one man team, Babe Ruth's team. And the team would be better off without having just one super player, dump him and replace him with a few other good players. As we know he didn't follow up on that, after sending Babe packing he followed with sending some other very good ball players to the Yanks.
In another attempt to further calm down some angry Bosox fans he made the statement that in future years Babe could become a cripple as the result of a serious knee injury suffered while with the Bosox, even before the sale. Makes no sense to me, like trying to sell a car but putting out the word............this car may have a bad transmission, wanna but it.
I should add, all of the above appeared in the newspapers at that time, not hand me down stories.
Every so often on this board there are attempts to justify or play down what Harry did. There is none, it was the bone head move of all time in the game. The cream of the American League was now headed downhill, the Yanks on the way up, for decades to come. It wasn't just Ruth, Harry made more foolish moves after that one.
Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 03-29-2012 at 09:12 AM.
This must be another Babe Ruth. Since many believe he was just a big guy that ate lots of hot dogs, hit lots of home runs but was not much in the outfield.
Maybe he could do more than hit................and pitch.
This was the 1932 World Series. Well, lemons not as bad as the Card fans in the 1926 World Series, throwing bottles at Babe in left field.
Certainly no reflection on Card fans overall. A Yankee fan here but consider Card fans some of the best in the game.
Eddie Collins handled a bat with similar precision that a Minnesota Fats player handled a pool cue. So that one doesn't surprise me. And I believe that Killebrew, a great HR hitter and person(I'm slightly biased, being a lifetime Twins' fan) holds the Guiness Book of World Records for being the slowest man ever.
"Lou Boudreau is easily the slowest ballplayer since Ernie Lombardi was thrown out at first base trying to stretch a double into a single." -Stanley Frank (1908-1979)
(Lombardi grounded into a double play less than 1/20 of his AB's, which has to be far and away the worst rate of anyone with a long career in MLB history.)
David Ortiz is probably the slowest baserunner I've ever seen. And I mainly watched him when he was young! Before he was 35, at that...at very least 10 games/year on TV and many times in person between visits to Fenway, YS, and Camden.
I have noticed, looking over some of Ty's letters, a fair number written in green.
For those who are not aware, Christy Walsh was Babe's agent in Babe's playing days.
Error in my text.............left out words "he could."
[QUOTE=SHOELESSJOE3;1998069]I have noticed, looking over some of Ty's letters, a fair number written in green.
Yes,the use of green ink was virtually a trademark of Cobb`s.Recently,Antiques Roadshow featured a collection of letters that Cobb had sent to the owner of said letters father,and they were all written in green ink.When Al Stump created his infamous Cobb forgeries he knew to use green ink as part of the scam.Both Cobb and Ruth had good penmanship,especially Cobb.I have never had trouble making out even one single written word of his.The above mentioned Harmon Killebrew had a reputation of having exceptional handwriting.