Even with this failure, Babe led the Yankee's to seven World Series, winning five of them. In Babe's unbelievable career, he had a lifetime average of .342, hit 714 career home runs, had 2,209 career RBI's, and 2,873 total hits, all in only 2,503 total games. As amazing as these stats are, they are not the reason people should be grateful that Babe played the game. The reason most people should know Babe Ruth is for the most important reason, that being the way he saved baseball from extinction. Forget how Babe was the best power-hitter in baseball and considered by many the best player in baseball history, and just think about how he kept the American pastime alive.
It was here that he played his last few years of professional baseball and his life would be forever changed. From the years 1917 to 1919 the Chicago White Sox were by far the dominant team in baseball. It is speculated that they could have “gone on to become one of the greatest teams in history” (Schwalbe 2). However, despite having the most talented team around, Charles Comiskey paid his players considerably less than any other winning team (Durst 2). Due to the oppression they were under, the player’s morale began to decrease as their need for money increased.
In 1911, Jackson finished with an average which still stands as a Cleveland team record. (Fleitz, 2006) During the 1917 series, Joe batted a career low due to injuries. ( Frommer, 76) Although Joseph Jefferson Jackson finished seasons with tremendous batting averages, he never won a batting title. (Frommer, 168) Even though Jackson obtained an amazing ba... ... middle of paper ... ...Washington. Joseph Jefferson Jackson was one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
DiMaggio also shares a modern major league record for having the most triples, which was three in a single game on August, 27, 1938, during the first game of the Yankees’ season (Kindred 25). DiMaggio was also the very first baseball player to be worth $100,000 (Kindred 27). Works Cited Kindred, Dave. “Joe DiMaggio.” Sporting News 223.12 (1999): 24. Middle Search Plus.
(Smithsonian) Even though Branch Rickey was no longer with the Dodgers as he had moved on to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was still great friends with Jackie Robinson and they wrote each other letters often. Their friendship was truly unbreakable. After leaving the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey became the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. While he was there he drafted another great future hall of famer, Roberto Clemente. He also added a few more things to help make baseball what it is today, including creating spring training facilities, batting cages, pitching machines, and being the first person to use statistical analysis in baseball.
Matthias pushed Ruth to be a right-handed catcher since there was no left-handed catcher’s mitt. George Herman’s professional career started in 1914 when the Boston Red Sox picked him up as a left-handed pitcher. After 158 games, Ruth had a pitching record of 89-46 and had 3 World Series wins and no losses. When Ruth’s pitching career ended, he had a 2.28 earned run average and was just getting started with his all time hitting career. Babe Ruth set many hitting records in his 22 years of baseball.
His father, W.H. Cobb was an honorable man who wanted him to pursue law or medicine, but Ty always had a knack for baseball, and stuck with it for the remainder of his life. Cobb fought his power but still loved, idolized, and respected his father. This was insane reading about, learning that his father had punished him time in and time out for ducking out of his studies even to the point of modern day child abuse, but Cobb keeped pushing through to his ultimate goal, being the greatest of all time in the sport he loved. The story very clearly follows Tyrus through his retellings to the author a few years before his death due to abuse of his poor mortal shell.
Jackie Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base in 1947. Tom Dunkel, the author of “Color Blind,” thinks other wise. The cover photo of Dunkel’s book, “Color Blind,” shows an integrated baseball team with five white and six African Americans baseball players. Their hats have a “B” written on the front.
George Herman Ruth Jr. is by far one of Americas greatest sports heroes. He is known primarily for his great baseball exploits and secondary as a man who stayed out late before every game and partied until there was no one left to party with. There is more behind the story of Babe Ruth than just baseball and parties. As a boy Ruth was your average youth who got himself into a little to much trouble and paid the price. As an adult he was a husband and a father who cared more about his family than he liked to show.
He had one of the game's most glorious seasons in 1941, hitting for an average of .406 at the age of twenty three. He is the last player to accomplish this feat. Nevertheless, he lost out on the most valuable player award that year to Joe DiMaggio, who had posted his 56 game hitting streak that same year. He most likely lost this MVP award because of his lack of respect and his arrogance to many of the sports writers and media, who are the ones who vote for the winner ( Nightingale). Williams responded by going out the next season and winning the triple crown.