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  • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
    Babe catches ball dropped from airplane.jpg Some where in my Ruth files I have the detail but can't locate them at this time. Here is a pic of the Bam making the catch. From airplane.
    Not only the 250 to 300 foot drop but to be considered the plane was moving at the time.
    Not the same as a ball dropped from a stationary point.
    Again, I've never heard of this story. Very interesting. I only knew about the Uncle Robbie/Casey Stengel stunt where they threw a grapefruit from an airplane to the Brooklyn manager. When it splattered all over him, he thought it was his blood

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    • Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

      Joe, who was this Fairfax fellow, a cricket bowler? Larwood was considered the best bowler of his generation and one of the greatest of all-time. Estimates are the he threw between 90-100 MPH. I know nothing of cricket but the wikipedia article talks about this guy much the way Walter Johnson would be. Here is a link to Harold Larwood's wikipedia page.
      All that I know of Alan Fairfax, was an Australian cricketer who migrated to London in 1932 to play as a pro in the Lancashire League.
      In another article, Babe challenged Larwood to come to the USA, do a one one one. Have no details if he meant under cricket rules. What ever the case, it never took place.

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      • Originally posted by 3rdGenCub View Post

        Again, I've never heard of this story. Very interesting. I only knew about the Uncle Robbie/Casey Stengel stunt where they threw a grapefruit from an airplane to the Brooklyn manager. When it splattered all over him, he thought it was his blood
        Obviously, Yankee owners not thrilled Babe's stunts, risking injury. In fact somewhere I saw his insurance policy put out by the Yanks. He was not to ski, which he never did, no horseback riding, no participating in any sport off the field and other restrictions. No way did the Yankee owners want to lose their meal ticket to injury. He just did what he wanted, in fact I have a pic of Babe and one of the Yankee owners........................both riding horses together.

        To be considered, catching that ball from an airplane drop, the plane estimated speed was near 100 miles an hour. Probably the reason there was a number of drops before he made the catch, plane drop off target area.

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        • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post

          Obviously, Yankee owners not thrilled Babe's stunts, risking injury. In fact somewhere I saw his insurance policy put out by the Yanks. He was not to ski, which he never did, no horseback riding, no participating in any sport off the field and other restrictions. No way did the Yankee owners want to lose their meal ticket to injury. He just did what he wanted, in fact I have a pic of Babe and one of the Yankee owners........................both riding horses together.

          To be considered, catching that ball from an airplane drop, the plane estimated speed was near 100 miles an hour. Probably the reason there was a number of drops before he made the catch, plane drop off target area.
          Joe what is that picture of Ruth standing in the field pitching. Looks like that scene from The Natural. Awesome picture.

          Originally posted by 3rdGenCub View Post

          Again, I've never heard of this story. Very interesting. I only knew about the Uncle Robbie/Casey Stengel stunt where they threw a grapefruit from an airplane to the Brooklyn manager. When it splattered all over him, he thought it was his blood
          Ray Schalk caught a ball dropped from a tower in Chicago.
          Last edited by bluesky5; 09-30-2019, 07:22 AM.
          "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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          • Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

            Joe what is that picture of Ruth standing in the field pitching. Looks like that scene from The Natural. Awesome picture.



            Ray Schalk caught a ball dropped from a tower in Chicago.
            Gabby Street and one other player, don't recall his name. Both caught balls dropped from the Washington Monument 555 feet.
            The one other player muffed the first 12 drops, caught number 13.

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            • Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

              Joe what is that picture of Ruth standing in the field pitching. Looks like that scene from The Natural. Awesome picture.



              Ray Schalk caught a ball dropped from a tower in Chicago.
              Not sure what pic your speaking of, on this page, this thread.

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              • Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

                Joe, who was this Fairfax fellow, a cricket bowler? Larwood was considered the best bowler of his generation and one of the greatest of all-time. Estimates are the he threw between 90-100 MPH. I know nothing of cricket but the wikipedia article talks about this guy much the way Walter Johnson would be. Here is a link to Harold Larwood's wikipedia page.
                Fairfax was a cricketer, one of the best playing in a Pro League in London, 1930s.

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                • This letter written by Tom Zachary, to a friend. Describing Babe's 60th home run hit off of Tom in 1927. In 1928 he was traded to the Yanks.
                  Closing lines by Tom......................Threw him a curve a mistake, I should have thrown a fast one at his big fat head................................Join the club Tommy


                  Tom Zachary.JPGTom Zachary.JPG text.JPG

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                  • One of my favorite quotes is when Roger Clemens said he'd drill Hank Aaron in the head after Aaron said Clemens shouldn't have been A.L. MVP because he's a pitcher. Zachary wanting to drill Ruth made me think of that.
                    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                    • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post

                      Not sure what pic your speaking of, on this page, this thread.
                      You replaced the picture with another one. It is still visible when the guy quoted you in post #3002.
                      "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                      • Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post

                        You replaced the picture with another one. It is still visible when the guy quoted you in post #3002.
                        Hope I got this right. The pic I now have in post 3002, he was not pitching. That is Babe making the catch from the ball dropped from the airplane.

                        My second look at that pic. Look at the glove, you can see the fingers.....................no web. Makes the catch even more impressive.

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                        • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post

                          Hope I got this right. The pic I now have in post 3002, he was not pitching. That is Babe making the catch from the ball dropped from the airplane.

                          My second look at that pic. Look at the glove, you can see the fingers.....................no web. Makes the catch even more impressive.
                          Ohhh I see. Yea right pic.
                          "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                          • Nothing wrong with the bat Luke, it's the Babe. Babe Ruth Header bat check top page_edited-1.jpg

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                            • This is COLOR film of Babe Ruth's final game in 1935.

                              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                              • Do any of you guys have a list of dates Ruth played first base?
                                "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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