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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    Originally posted by scottmitchell74 View Post
    Great video! Incredible power. Some people just have "it."

    I see nothing about that swing that couldn't translate to modern times.
    To be considered, that was the old Babe. Not sure of the date, if I recall around mid 1930s and Babe around 40 years old.
    Some kind of freak. In 1935 his wife Claire begged him to retire, legs were gone. Bad legs, not feeling good at all 1935, Forbes Fields . A 3 homer game and number 714 over the roof in right field.
    Number 714 was hit off of Guy Bush one of the Cubs in the 1932 World Series and Babe's chief tormentor's in that WS.
    Bush recalled in 1935, Babe was fat and old but still had that great swing, you could hear the bat go swish when he missed.
    That 714, I have never seen a ball hit so far before or since. That ball got small real fast and gone out if the park.
    When he rounded third, I said to myself, I've seen it all now Babe.
    Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 06-01-2021, 02:10 PM.

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  • scottmitchell74
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    Great video! Incredible power. Some people just have "it."

    I see nothing about that swing that couldn't translate to modern times.
    Last edited by scottmitchell74; 05-31-2021, 06:41 PM.

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  • GoslinFan
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    Holy smokes. At that age creating that kind of bat speed. So committed whether contact or not which is why we see his swings and misses almost corkscrew him into the ground. That crack of the bat. I recall Buck O'Neill talking about how unique the sound was off of Ruth's bat. Said the same about Josh Gibson and I believe Bo Jackson. Just a different sound. Even time machining. Can you imagine Ruth with all his natural gifts, wearing a helmet, batting gloves, small zone, bright clean ball, in 330/375/400 parks with perfect hitter backdrops using a 32 ounce pine tarred bat. I'm sorry but don't give me this segregation nonsense.

    Look at Goose he was .321/.386/.514 on the road and normally you'd expect a home edge of like 5-7% I think. Guys back then dealt with stuff I think modern players would throw in the towel and run home to mommy. Love of the game was real.

    Great video. Thank you for posting that.

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    Going on memory for this video Bruce, saw this some years ago and have it saved somewhere.
    Ruppert Stadium in New Jersey mid 1930s. Looks to be either the ball bounced in the seating area and out of the park.
    Or was hit out of the park one the fly. I base this on the spectators we can see looking over the wall.

    Not easy to pick up but as Ruth rounds second base and nearing 3rd base, I can hear some conversation. Not sure who was speaking but sounded like the words..."he really got a hold of that one didn't he"

    This is one of my favorite videos of the Babe swinging, you can tell by the crack, sound of the ball, he got all of it.
    Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 05-31-2021, 12:58 PM.

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  • elmer
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    Originally posted by carsdaddy View Post

    I believe this to be were the ball landed.
    https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/v...ge/mr_00006082

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    Babe Ruth first Homer at stadium Feb 19 1923.JPG Before the first official home run in April in Yankee Stadium.........

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  • carsdaddy
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    Originally posted by elmer View Post
    Ruppert Stad.

    over deep bleacher corner
    I believe this to be were the ball landed.
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  • elmer
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    Ruth article:

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  • elmer
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    New website celebrating Babe's 1921 season.

    https://baberuth1921.jimdosite.com/

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    Ruth visits another young boy at home, unlike Johnny Sylvester, this was a sad ending, Chicago 1932. The boy was injured and blinded in an explosion, Ruth gave him a baseball. Ruth's teammate who was with him said Ruth left in tears. He knew what the boy had not been told yet, he would never regain his sight. Z Babe visits blind boy..jpg

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    One story from Joe Dugan told about an event that took place in Saint Louis. Babe and him driving in the black section saw a group of black kids sitting on some tenement steps. They recognized him called out his name. He parked, spent some time talking to the kids. When he left, he opened his trunk and left them with a number of bats, mitts and baseballs. So sad that some of the great black players were not in the game in that time period. The early history of the game would have been so enhanced if they were in the game in that time.

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    This article was not picked up by any of the white big newspapers. Ruth saw no class distinction or color. If you were the president or a doorman, you were in the same class. Same with skin color. Here he praises the black players and their ability to play the game.

    babe in praise of black players.jpg

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    Originally posted by oddsox1919 View Post
    Wish I could see that pic of the Babe with holding black orphan.
    No luck finding that one in my saved folders. Still searching for my missing flash drive loaded with Babe photos. You may have seen this one taken at an orphanage with children and one at an exhibition game. Blacks who played against Babe in exhibition games had praise for him. Appears they viewed him as seeing them with no prejudice, they got along fine.

    Babe Ruth black boy.jpg Babe Ruth black fans.jpg

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    A part of Babe's Bosox contract, seasons 1916-17.
    Babe Ruth contract 2222.JPG

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  • SHOELESSJOE3
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    I have seen that one and one other pic, Babe standing with a white and black youngster.. At this time looking for a flash drive full of Babe newspaper articles and also hundreds of photos of old parks. It has to be here, where I don't know. Will post that pic if I find that drive.

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