“The Bambino” is probably the best known baseball players in history. His 60 home runs in a season held up for decades as what seemed to be a unattainable feat and apparently it took the use of steroids to beat any way. (Not saying that the Babe didn’t use anything either) He became legend and today is the day we celebrate his success.
It’s odd when you look at the man who made the Yankees who they are. Known as, “The House Ruth Built” the stadium, the team and the league all benefited from what Ruth was able to accomplish. But in the end, even the Yankees traded him away.
Nearly every kid admired him. Today he would have made a fortune in endorsements, his home run for the kid in the hospital are things people will probably speak of into the next century. He retired on April 27th, 1947 after being diagnosed with throat cancer. He faded from the game only to become a legend.
Whether you like the game of baseball or not, you have to admire what the man did. Probably not everything was above board or would met with the expectations one sets on heroes but that’s okay… since we are all flawed, it makes our heroes a little more human.
And so the man passed away, but his legend will live on forever. That would be considered a success in nearly everyone’s book.
How to celebrate – Read about Babe Ruth. Go to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Have a baseball party themed around Babe Ruth.