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Babe Ruth really needed to learn to respect the game

Apr 25, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

All I’m saying is that if Carlos Gomez made a show of going sans underwear, wasting his money and eating and drinking junk food during ballgames, some people around here would have some very sharp words for him.

In other news, if you are not following the great John Thorn on Twitter, do so now. Just the best for this kind of stuff.

  1. zzalapski - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Memoribilia collectors can now safely ascertain any of Babe Ruth’s “game-used underwear” as being fakes.

    • stabonerichard - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      More hard evidence.

      • yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Looked like uncut footage to me.

  2. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    So there’s almost no chance Babe Ruth’s Called Shot actually happened, right? Considering the whole “respect for the game, the way it used to be played” mantra, wouldn’t the Cubs’ pitcher have buzzed him as soon as he pointed his bat?

    • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      If only the DH had never been invented. You’d never see shenanigans like that.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Actually, it was night baseball, about 35 years before the DH.

    • Jeremy T - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      I actually do remember hearing that the pitcher didn’t think he was calling his shot. Whether or not he actually was is a bit of a mystery.

      • yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        He was pointing at something, wasn’t he?

        Ruth was down 0-2. The last thing Charlie Root wanted to do right then was hit him. He wanted to strike him out so the Cub’s bench jockeys could increase the abuse they were hurling at Babe non-stop. He sure shut them the **** up.

      • Jeremy T - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        The explanation I remember was that he might have been pointing at Root, but it’s been a while since I read any of that stuff

      • yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        To say that Charlie Root was bitter about being remembered for that home run is a huge understatement. That homer put the Yanks up three games to none, the third WS sweep Ruth would lead them to in a six year span.

  3. brandotho - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    In all seriousness, imagine if that whole “bellyache heard ’round the world’ in 1925 happened to a star the caliber of Ruth’s today.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM


      “Unnamed sources claim Babe’s bellyache was really caused by eating steroid-laced hot dogs.”

      ‘Unnamed sources claim Babe faked his bellyache because he is, as one said, ‘just a big, fat, immature jerk, and always will be.’ Also, Babe was accused of being a bad teammate, not following the unwritten rules, and abusing homeless puppies. Another unnamed source said, ‘As a hot dog abuser, Babe should be kept out of the Hall of Fame.””

      “Noted politician and Yankees fan demands Food and Drug Administration investigation of the allegedly tainted hot dogs that caused Babe’s bellyache. Congressional hearings are planned.”

      “MLB Commissioner Bud (Alan) Selig suspended Babe ten games over the bellyache incident, citing his ‘for the good of the game’ powers. He stated that ‘we cannot have such behavior from MLB players, as it creates a bad image for the Youth of America. This is bad for the game, as it might hurt revenues.’ MLBPA Exceutive Director Tony (Anthony) Clark vowed to seek arbitration, while Babe’s lawyer vowed to appeal the suspension to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. In other news, Bud (Alan) dismissed questions about prohibiting MLB managers from wearing uniforms and behaving like spoiled brats on the field.”

      • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Correction: It’s Bud (Allan).

      • jwbiii - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Stop imagining.

  4. chacochicken - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Babe Ruth set white people back 50 years.

    • beefytrout - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      we had a pretty good lead at that point, I doubt 50 years was even noticed.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Pretty good lead at being fat and gluttonous.

  5. ytownjoe - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Babe who?

    • protectthishouse54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      That wimpy deer?!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Communist much?

  6. 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    There’s at least one thing to like in every paragraph:

    1: The graveyard of the has-beens.
    2: That there’s something objectively wrong with putting a lot of mustard on a “hot dog.”
    3: That “hot dog” is put in quotations marks.
    4: Sarsaparilla. Everything about it is funny.
    5: That the country had a premier frog catcher.
    6: That Babe Ruth opted not to dethrone the nation’s premier frog catcher.
    7: That there’s a way to accumulate money called “pin-wheel fashion.” This calls for a Congressional investigation about what the hell any of that means.
    8: That his actual salary may have been one-fifth of what’s listed here. (source:

    • kevinbnyc - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      What about his eating of bicarbonate of soda prior to games? PED SCANDAL!

    • Jeremy T - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      I really want to know who the premiere frog catcher actually was, since the Babe didn’t have time. Why has this story not been told?

      • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        It’s time to start a new TV show: America’s Premier Frog Catcher. Patent pending.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Reading old magazines and newspapers is really, really fun. My favorite ads are the Scott tissue Bolsheviks one and the Pabst one for nursing mothers. Prophylactic Toothbrushes is funny too (Individually wrapped!). There are no editorialists today as funny as Mr. Dooley, and one of my favorite articles from Literary Digest introduced Americans to Edwin Einstein!

      PS It’s just pin money. (no wheel)

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I have a poster of the Scott Tissue Bolsheviks one in my bathroom.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      18thstreet, I love your comment except you got No.7 quite wrong. It’s not “pin-wheel” money. It’s pin money, which in days of yore was a small allowance given to a wife for her use. Some would set it aside for emergencies.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM


        Man, pins used to be really expensive.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Sasparilla? Haven’t heard that one, except in Bugs Bunny cartoons. But one could actually buy some, if one were so inclined:

      • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        It’s really the funniest beverage there is. Maybe the Flaming Moe or the Screaming Viking tops it, but I doubt it.

  7. alexo0 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Miller Huggins – expert evaluator of talent

    • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      He really did have a down year in 1922. Barely even lead the league in slugging percentage and only 4th in on-base. Should have had more sarsaparilla.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      It wasn’t really about Babe declining as a player. It was more about Huggins trying to discipline him. That was one of the recurring themes of Babe’s career–Huggins’ difficulty disiplining him.

      Huggins managed the Yankees from 1918 until his death, at age 51, near the end of the 1929 season. That incuded most of Babe’s Yankee career. It also included the Yankees’ first 6 AL championships and first 3 World Series wins.

  8. tmohr - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Babe apparently went back to underwear as he got older. We’ve all been there..

    • stabonerichard - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Sans underoos.

  9. yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      What a great shot! Thanks. You wouldn’t see a scene like that outside Dodger Stadium with one of their stars.

  10. senotonom205 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Listen, I agree with you, but we get it.

  11. yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Honestly though, if you want to read the definitive biography of the greatest and most popular baseball player in history, check out The Big Bam by Leigh Montville.

  12. natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Putting it in a little historical perspective. Babe Ruth came to the Yankees at a time when baseball was dealing with the biggest disrespect of all–White Sox players throwing the 1919 World Series for gamblers’ money.

    • yahmule - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      It really is impossible to overstate his impact on the sport.

      Doesn’t this article from 1924 simply prove Ruth was subject to as much media speculation and gossip as today’s athletes?

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM


  13. musketmaniac - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    fat, bloated gods are normally Greek. this piece of shyt was a racist, womanizing clown. Sounds like a great American.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Your version of Babe Ruth upsets J. Edgar Hoover even though he’s dead. Good for you.

  14. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    No underwear? His pants must’ve contained a lot of Hershey squirts! I know: ewwwwww!

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