August 16th will be the 70th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death. For the last 13 years of his life – ever since he retired from baseball in 1935 – he waited for a phone call. He wanted to manage a big-league baseball team. The biggest name in the game – the biggest name in sport… Read More

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No statue of Babe Ruth in New York?

Someone connected with the New York Yankees should explain. Why no statue of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium? For that matter, there is no statue of Babe Ruth anywhere in New York City. Period.  I find it odd because if there is an athlete whose impact on a city was on a par with what… Read More

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On June 12 at 8 p.m. I will appear as a guest on TV Ontario’s flagship show The Agenda With Steve Paikin to discuss my book BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy, and in particular, why the issue of racial segregation may have been the reason Ruth never became a big-league manager. It should be… Read More

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A Delicate Topic

Okay, this is a delicate topic. The other day I saw a full-page, full-color, newspaper ad showing Babe Ruth in his Yankees uniform pointing to the outfield from the batter’s box. The headline read: ‘His finger called the shot. Next up, your prostate.’ The shot, of course, refers to the Called Shot Home Run from… Read More

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More Than a Million Strong

Steve Tellefsen is President & CEO of the Babe Ruth League which is a huge sports organization with over one million players and two million volunteers. That’s a lot of people. Take that group and it would constitute one of the biggest cities in North America. How it came to be is quite a story… Read More

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A primer on Mr. Ruth

Remember the TV show Gilligan’s Island? A group of tourists take what was supposed to be a ‘three-hour tour,’ get caught in a storm, and wind up as castaways on an uncharted island where they remain for years. Michael Gibbons was supposed to run the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore for one year, and for… Read More

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For almost everyone today the Roaring Twenties are an era known only from history books and movies. I say ‘almost’ because Julia Ruth Stevens is going on 102 and her memories are still razor sharp. A few years ago I spent an afternoon with her at her home in New Hampshire, and we were talking… Read More

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A man ahead of his time

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. A half-century ago. While America has made progress on the race issue since then, racial turmoil remains. But a major development on the racial front also took place a half-century before King’s assassination. In 1918 the Cuban Stars from Havana, an all-black baseball team, toured… Read More

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