THE GREAT BABE RUTH | THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL

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“Some 20 years ago, I stopped talking about the Babe for the simple reason that I realized that those who had never seen him didn’t believe me.”

— sportswriter Tommy Holmes

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Simply put, Baseball’s biggest legend.  Ever.  Not just a great baseball player– the great Bambino was also an all-around avid sportsman, outdoorsman, notorious _______, drinker, and most of all, one helluva natty dresser.  Some great candid shots of the Babe after the jump.

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Babe Ruth clutching his bat, and ready for action -- June 4th, 1920.

Babe Ruth clutching his bat, and ready for action -- June 4th, 1920.

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It was not uncommon for Ruth to knock the cover off of the ball at Griffith Stadium, what was uncommon was the day Griffith Stadium knocked out the great Babe Ruth. On July 5, 1924 the Washington Senators first baseman Joe Judge hit a fly ball to right field, Ruth ran as hard as he could after the ball that was slicing foul, before Ruth got to the ball he got knocked out when he ran into the concrete wall. There he was the Great Bambino knocked out cold for five minutes. The Babe recovers after Yankees’ trainer Doc Woods pours some cold water on his face. The next day in the top of 8th inning Ruth gets his revenge when he hits his 22nd home run of the season off of Senators’ pitcher Joe Martina.

–Mark Hornbaker

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(Babe) Ruth Knocked Out

(Babe) "Ruth Knocked Out" in a game against the Washington Senators -- July 5th, 1924.

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