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  • Down on the farm. No distance from target given. Babe shoots outline of an Indian on a tin plate mounted on tree. Some time late 1920s-early 1930s.
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    • What a shame, The Big Bam would never approve that, your throwing out the best part.......the only part.
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      • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
        What a shame, The Big Bam would never approve that, your throwing out the best part.......the only part.
        "To Hell with Babe Ruth!?"*

        *Koshien Stadium reportedly also has a bronze plaque commemorating The Emperor of Imperial Swats' hugely-popular visit and exhibition games in Japan - as well as an annual Babe Ruth Day.

        Bonzai!
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        • Originally posted by Proctor, CF View Post
          "To Hell with Babe Ruth!?"*

          K*oshien Stadium reportedly also has a bronze plaque commemorating The Emperor of Imperial Swats' hugely-popular visit and exhibition games in Japan - as well as an annual Babe Ruth Day.

          Bonzai!

          This is it, Koshien Stadium, first pic.

          Also another statue of The Babe near a park in Japan.

          Babe with some Geisha Girls. The top he is wearing was a gift to him. The lettering is his name in Japanese.
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          • Frazee's Folly, what was he thinking. One of the payments for the Bam, Yanks to Bosox check, front and back.
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            • The match that never came off. For what ever the reason Larwood never came to the USA after a challenge date was set up. The Babe challenges Harold Larwood one of the fastest "bowlers" in the world of cricket. From what I have seen the bowler or pitcher gets a running start and bounces the ball, puts a spin on the ball to change direction of the ball after the bounce. From some videos I saw it certainly looks like the bowler has the edge. He is not very far from the batter when he releases the ball. Looks like the Big Bam did OK, shredded a couple of bats. February 9, 1935.

              Here is the article and a picture of the famous Harold Larwood.
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              • Here's a video and short bio of Fast Bowler Harold Larwood - who was reputed to bowl "in excess of 90 miles an hour", according to another source.

                http://cricketsbestvideos.blogspot.c...arwood-in.html

                Apparently, Larwood was effectively banned in England for his "Bodyline Action" method of fast bowling. His clocking the batter in the above video with a fast ball to the temple is likely one of the incidents that led to concerns over his bowling.
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                • Originally posted by Proctor, CF View Post
                  Here's a video and short bio of Fast Bowler Harold Larwood - who was reputed to bowl "in excess of 90 miles an hour", according to another source.

                  http://cricketsbestvideos.blogspot.c...arwood-in.html

                  Apparently, Larwood was effectively banned in England for his "Bodyline Action" method of fast bowling. His clocking the batter in the above video with a fast ball to the temple is likely one of the incidents that led to concerns over his bowling.
                  Ouch, I see, hit that batsman on the head. The bowler looks so close to the batsman when he delivers the ball.

                  Wonder how hard that ball is, looks hard in the pic.
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                  • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                    Ouch, I see, hit that batsman on the head. The bowler looks so close to the batsman when he delivers the ball.

                    Wonder how hard that ball is, looks hard in the pic.
                    They're reputed to be "notoriously hardand potentially lethal". The way Harold Larwood let them ride they certainly were. The Leg Theory story is fascinating. Ruth was really up against a titan in his field. In fact, Larwood gained world wide celebrity for his ability to shut down "the greatest batsman of all time" - "the Babe Ruth of cricket" - Australia's Don Bradman, which he did with great, but highly controversial success.

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slQXLp95ZxI
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                    • Babe was shocked to find that the average pay in cricket was 40 buck a week.

                      "Whats the chances of me buying into one of these cricket clubs."
                      Suiting up Feb.9, 1935.
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                      • News to me, even China, this guy was every where world wide and in hundreds of small cities and towns in the USA. The games greatest ambassador. December, yes December 5, 1934.
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                        • Not that unusual, Babe laying down a bunt. Twice with the shift on he bunted down the left field line for a double then standing on second base, grinning and pointing at the third baseman and shortstop and the left side of the infield that was left wide open.

                          Long before the Ted Williams shift there was the Babe Ruth shift. Unlike Williams or Barry Bonds Ruth at times would hit to the left side if the other team shifted leaving the left side open. For this reason the "Ruth shift" had a very short life.
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                          • Takes a big man to swing this bat. Outside the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Babe Ruth model.....

                            120 feet long
                            34 ton weight
                            9 feet diameter barrel
                            6 feet diameter handle
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                            • Originally posted by Proctor, CF View Post
                              Anyone know if there was ever a photo taken of The Babe with Pop Lloyd? If so, a copy of it is very much desired for a major ceremony this weekend honoring the player Ruth [and so many others] regarded and praised so highly. A posted copy would be included as part of this weekend's tribute - with greatly appreciated attribution.

                              I recall seeing one of Jimmie Foxx & Lloyd [which would also be nice to have posted], but can't recall ever seeing one with Ruth, though they were known to be friends. Anyone ever see one?

                              THANKS.
                              As you know there is one picture of Babe at the website hosted by Babe's grandaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti. The picture of Babe crossing the plate and what appears to be a black catcher standing, watching. I am assuming that what is really desired is a picture of Babe perhaps standing along side of a black player, one that might be recognized by his face. Is that true?

                              Here is that picture at Linda's site. Not much to go on, the catcher with his mask on and we can see the letter "B" on his jersey.

                              Some black teams with that may have that "B" on their jerseys.
                              Baltimore Elite Giants but their first year in Baltimore 1937-38.
                              Birmingham Black Barons 1923-25 1927-30 1932 1937-38
                              Baltimore Black Sox 1923-29 1932-34
                              Brooklyn Royal Giants 1905-22 1920-35

                              Details often conflict with some of the above dates. We have some on the board that know more about black baseball than I, maybe we can get some help from them.
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                              • Just as MLB had home and away uniforms so did some black teams, no way to tell which are home and which are away and add to that there are probably some I could not find.
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