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November 30, 2010
BASEBALL: The Pointed Shot

I'm no fan of the jurisprudence of now-retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, but Stevens was in attendance at the 1932 World Series game where Babe Ruth hit his famous "called shot," and Stevens says Ruth definitely pointed to the stands with his bat before hitting it.

Score one for the legend.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 3:28 PM | Baseball 2010 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

When the legend sounds better than the fact, print the legend.

Seriously, the facts ALONE about the Babe are enough.

1. More home runs than any other team in a season.
2. Best left hand pitcher of a decade.
3. Extended Roger Connor's home run record by something like 600.
4. 1918, the greatest most impossible season any player in any sport has ever done. In fact, it couldn't happen, because NOBODY could play almost every day he didn't pitch, win as a pitcher, be called Hercules by the press, and win a Series. No, of course that couldn't happen.
5. Pitch and win 2 complete games in your thirties, when the team is short a starter. You give up 5 and then 8 runs, well, it's a damn sight better than Canseco did.
6 - a million. All you need to know is that everyone today over the age of six still knows who the Babe is. He died in 1948, 62 years ago, he stopped playing about 75 years ago, and when you go into the Babe Ruth room in Cooperstown (that alone is worth the trip), it's a silent place, where everyone knows it's important. Who compares with this man? Aside from maybe Hammurabi, and he had a lousy curve ball.

Posted by: Daryl at November 30, 2010 8:34 PM

Was Stevens really there or just one of the 10 million other people who say they were there? Just askin.

Babe was the Babe. None like him before or since.

BTW, I heard that Hammurabi had a heck of spitter!

Posted by: Lee at December 1, 2010 2:23 PM

Stevens - one of the greatest Justices we ever had.

Posted by: Steve at December 3, 2010 2:03 PM

This is the same muddled mind that is convinced William Shakespeare couldn't possibly have written the Folios. Time to put this senile fool to bed.

Posted by: Joe at December 4, 2010 6:03 AM

Babe Ruth was nothing more than a fat old man with little girl legs.

Posted by: jim at December 4, 2010 12:45 PM
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