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    Hi. I am trying to get information on Babe Ruth. I was told he played in three or more games in Texas during the 1910s or so. This would have been in the period of time before he signed on to a major or minor league team. I met a 98-year-old woman who claims that he played in a pasture near her family's home. He allegedly traveled to the town via rail and was only there for those three games. He may have only been in the Houston area for those games.

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    found more info

    I found a news article from 1993 that says these games were exhibition games and took place around 1923. The car he used while in Texas was a Model T-Ford, which was called a Moon. Maybe you guys/gals have more information. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Last edited by writestuff; 02-07-2006, 11:30 AM.

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    • #3
      Isn't this story the basis of the matchup between Roy Hobbs and "The Whammer"?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by writestuff
        Hi. I am trying to get information on Babe Ruth. I was told he played in three or more games in Texas during the 1910s or so. This would have been in the period of time before he signed on to a major or minor league team. I met a 98-year-old woman who claims that he played in a pasture near her family's home. He allegedly traveled to the town via rail and was only there for those three games. He may have only been in the Houston area for those games.
        I'm confused. Are you looking for info on his car now, or just the game?

        Haven't heard anything about Texas. In the summer of '13, Babe had permission to leave St. Mary's to play in semi pro and amateur games, but couldn't have been in Texas.

        In the '22 barnstorming trip, they abandoned the western part of their schedule and played their last game in Scranton PA before Huston went to talk to Babe.

        I'll try to look into it later. Do you have any more info?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by writestuff
          Hi. I am trying to get information on Babe Ruth. I was told he played in three or more games in Texas during the 1910s or so. This would have been in the period of time before he signed on to a major or minor league team. I met a 98-year-old woman who claims that he played in a pasture near her family's home. He allegedly traveled to the town via rail and was only there for those three games. He may have only been in the Houston area for those games.
          I believe it would be more likely he played those exhibition games after he signed his minor or major league contract.

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          • #6
            yankees and dodgers played each other in texas in march 1922 and they played fort worth in april

            yankees and dodgers in texas again in april 1923
            Last edited by Brian McKenna; 02-07-2006, 07:06 PM.

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            • #7
              Babe Ruth

              I've been told he was here in 1923. I am a newspaper editor and I am doing a story on a woman who met him while he was here. She's now 98 and still remembers him. The story is mainly on Babe and his trip here, but in searching for information on him, I came across an old article about Babe's car. The car is not expected to be part of the story.

              I appreciate all the help, guys.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
                I'm confused. Are you looking for info on his car now, or just the game?

                Haven't heard anything about Texas. In the summer of '13, Babe had permission to leave St. Mary's to play in semi pro and amateur games, but couldn't have been in Texas.

                In the '22 barnstorming trip, they abandoned the western part of their schedule and played their last game in Scranton PA before Huston went to talk to Babe.

                I'll try to look into it later. Do you have any more info?
                Sultan...just wanted to say that I absolutely love your video clip of the Babe's swing!!!! It's priceless!
                To have that long of a stride and still adjust to be able his timing for different pitch speeds and hit for such power...it's unbelievable.
                Thank You!!!
                "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hellborn
                  Sultan...just wanted to say that I absolutely love your video clip of the Babe's swing!!!! It's priceless!
                  To have that long of a stride and still adjust to be able his timing for different pitch speeds and hit for such power...it's unbelievable.
                  Thank You!!!
                  No prob, "swingbuster" originally posted it, here's the full deal.

                  http://dmcmillan.topcities.com/ruth.gif

                  I took it into animation shop and sped it up to real-time, but the file ends up being way too big to post here.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hellborn
                    Sultan...just wanted to say that I absolutely love your video clip of the Babe's swing!!!! It's priceless!
                    To have that long of a stride and still adjust to be able his timing for different pitch speeds and hit for such power...it's unbelievable.
                    Thank You!!!
                    Take a good look, you can see the great wrist action. I have that swing on a video and have watched it over and over. Playing it in super slo-mo you can really see how his left hand comes over the top just about at the point of impact. Any wonder he was hitting balls into orbit. Big, strong, great wrist action and a great eye.

                    Jimmy Dykes of the Athletics once said that Ruth was the one of the few hitters and the only left handed hitter that he played on the edge of the infield grass. This was after Dykes was nearly decapitated by a drive off of Ruth's bat. He saw it leave the bat, threw up his glove, said he never saw it but heard a buzzing sound as it passed over his shoulder.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by writestuff
                      I've been told he was here in 1923. I am a newspaper editor and I am doing a story on a woman who met him while he was here. She's now 98 and still remembers him. The story is mainly on Babe and his trip here, but in searching for information on him, I came across an old article about Babe's car. The car is not expected to be part of the story.

                      I appreciate all the help, guys.
                      That's a priceless source you got there, nothing can replace that. Take good care of her

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                      • #12
                        Ruth used a 44 oz bat didn't he? How strong his wrists and forearms must have been!

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                        • #13
                          52 oz up until around '25 or '26, then down to 48 and eventually 44

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
                            52 oz up until around '25 or '26, then down to 48 and eventually 44
                            I guess you would need a powerful stride to get a bat like that moving...just shows us how amazing the guy really was.
                            I can't think of anybody in the majors in the last 20 years who has had a swing similar to this...is there anybody who starts with their feet so close anymore?
                            "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hellborn
                              I guess you would need a powerful stride to get a bat like that moving...just shows us how amazing the guy really was.
                              I can't think of anybody in the majors in the last 20 years who has had a swing similar to this...is there anybody who starts with their feet so close anymore?
                              I can't think of anyone off hand, but there has to be some, feet close together. I do notice that Ruth had a long stride. I have studied several of his swings that I have gathered over the years and in some his back foot is actually off the ground just after he makes contact. Even a guy who usually saves his praise for himself after watching Ruth's swing on that home run in the 1932 World Series said, " He looks like a real hitter, great weight transfer", the words of Reggie Jackson.

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