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Babe Ruth: Happy 114th Birthday

Stephen MeyerDeputy MLB EditorFebruary 6, 2009

 

Feb. 6, 2009, is a time when Barry Bonds is battling more court judges than starting pitchers, and signing more checks to his lawyer than autographs.

Ironically, this date also represents the 114th birthday of George Herman "Babe" Ruth. The greatest hitter of his generation, and possibly in baseball history. Ruth slugged 714 homeruns while ingesting thousands of hot dogs instead of performance enhancers.

The truly staggering stat produced by The Babe has to do with his batting average, as opposed to his power. Ruth hit .370 or better in six of his Yankee seasons.

Possessing the ability to hit for such a high average while leading the league in home runs is a truly remarkable feat. His pitching prowess makes him one of the most dynamic baseball players to ever play the game.

"The House that Ruth Built," may have taken its last breath in 2008, but the memories of The Babe and his building will never die.

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