Babe Ruth: Legends in Sports (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)
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In a career that spanned over thirty years, George Herman "Babe" Ruth changed the way the sport of baseball was played. He was the first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and in the outfield made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport shined through in the way he laughed while jogging around the bases, in how he kidded and horsed around with teammates, and in his overall determination to win. But there was a darker side to Babe, one that nearly ruined his career - and his life. In the end, however, Ruth managed to overcome his personal demons, recapture his health, and go on to lead his beloved Yankees to championship status. Simply put, there has never been another player like the Babe.
This comprehensive biography of one of baseball's most memorable legends also comes with photos.
exhausted. But ever so slowly he began to lose weight and replace flab with muscle. By February of 1926 he was ready to play again. He had lost nearly thirty pounds and almost ten inches from his waist. Although no one would ever accuse Ruth of being slender, he was once again a powerful athlete. Meanwhile, the Yankees were invigorated by the addition of infielder Tony Lazzeri, a terrific hitter, and the continued improvement of first baseman Lou Gehrig, who was beginning to show that he was
had been badly hurt in a fall from a horse and was laid up in a New York hospital. His father had asked for the Cardinals and Yankees to send him some autographed baseballs to cheer his son up. The teams did, and Ruth added a promise that he would hit a home run for Johnny. The boy heard MacNamee announce all three of Ruth’s three home runs. The smile that lit his face didn’t go away for days. The Yankees won 10–5. They took the next game, too, thanks to a great save made by Ruth. The Yankees
when to go to bed. After all, he had always done as he pleased before, and now suddenly the brothers were telling him what to do every minute of the day. Each brother was assigned eight or ten boys to watch over. Brother Matthias, the head of discipline at St. Mary’s, was assigned to look after young George Ruth. An enormous man who stood nearly six and a half feet tall and weighed nearly three hundred pounds, Matthias looked as if he could break a person in half with his bare hands. But
Joseph Lannin and manager Bill Carrigan hoped that Ruth and Shore would anchor the pitching staff. Ruth left for Boston by train and arrived at Back Bay Station on July 11. In the past six months he had gone from being a student at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys to a professional ball player with one of the strongest teams in the major leagues. But despite this huge change, Ruth himself stayed much the same. As soon as he arrived in Boston, he checked into a hotel and then sought out a
home run would become more common. Ruth soon cashed in on his fame. He starred in a movie called Headin’ Home, endorsed all sorts of products, and had a sports column written under his name by sportswriter Christy Walsh. He also went on a long “barnstorming” trip, playing a series of exhibition games after the season and hitting home runs against local teams before thousands of fans. Although organized baseball considered such tours illegal, Ruth didn’t care. He was the most famous man in