The greatest slugger of all-time, the Sultan of Swat, the Great Bambino. To the schoolboys he was a mythical figure, a Paul Bunyan. The older folks remember him as an aging sick man, a big, enormously heavy man who occasionally visited the baseball park and was immediately the center of attraction. The name, of course, is Babe Ruth. Those who were fortunate enough to see him play may not remember the year was 1927 when George Herman Ruth hit 60 home runs, but they know there will never be a slugger like him.
Babe Ruth lived his life in the same colossal manner in which he hit home runs. He was a simple, great-hearted, man of lusty appetites who was loved not only by the kids of his day but by his fellow players, writers who reported his deeds in the press, and thousands of men and women in the stands. Ruth lived on a lavish scale, gargantuan scale. He could get into more trouble, curse louder and more profanely, drink, smoke, eat, and enjoy himself more, than any other athlete of his time. Few ever resented what this large hulk of a man did. That was Babe he could do everything wrong, he could live up to the hilt, knock around in such a manner that would kill an ordinary man and go on,
People call Yankee Stadium "The House That Ruth Built" but Ruth was more to his team than just a glamorous attraction. The man who could put down the bunt at the right time has an added asset. Players who would consider it a moral victory to hit the ball to the outfielder were now hitting balls over the fence. You could say Babe Ruth paved the way for some of the athletes of today"tms world. That year he reached the astounding mark of 54 home runs. There is the effect of the batter on the opposing, pitcher, opposing team, and on his own team. The man who is reliable on the business end of a hit and run play is just that much more valuable. In this category, Babe Ruth is at the top of the list, past and present. It was Ruth"tms mighty appeal that brought thousands through the turnstiles. If homeruns were what the public wanted it was what they would get. He pleased the crowds, and the crowds loved him. Even when he struck out, the Sultan of Swat did it with such enormous gusto and anger that it was a wonderful thing to watch.