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Monday, October 15, 2007

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Sorry, I can't stand that this thread has zero comments.

Nice post, YF.

No f'ing kidding. Thanks a lot YFSF Nation. Feh.

I haven't been heard from for a while in these parts, but I agree with SF, this post deserves some comments.

Great historical digging, YF, really interesting stuff. Don't know how widely known it is that Babe was an Oriole before he was a Red Sock, and for some reason, that diminishes their claims on him/bitching about letting him go in my eyes - he wasn't theirs to begin with!

Also, it's nice to a see photo of the young Ruth. All the images of the man seem to be of him in a paunchy phase later in his career; by comparison he looks rather sleek above (and I wonder how much THAT baseball card would be worth today!).

I take your note about the focus on fielding, YF, but surely if today a SS helped record 12 outs, that would make match report, too?

I didn't post only because I thought it stood on its own. It's a great and interesting piece indeed.

I'm skimming Alan Schwartz's The NUmbers Game right now (too busy with studies to read it through) and your point about defense rings especially true. It's amazing how the baseball boxscore has changed from the early days--its focus going from defense to hitting and pitching.

Also, it is 1914 that the first Babe Ruth baseball card was printed, by the Baltimore Sun Newspaper, back when The Babe was a minor league ballplayer for the Baltimore Orioles. That particular baseball card, being the first card ever produced of the young pitching prospect, has been sold for as high as $517,000 in recent years!

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