April 27th Babe Ruth Day

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

April 27th National Babe Ruth Day

It seems only appropriate now that baseball season is back in full swing that we should celebrate one of the men who made the game what it is – Babe Ruth.  Baseball has been popular since the Civil War when soldiers use to play their version of the game when in camp (this included hitting the runner with the ball, often knocking them out), but its popularity hit its zenith during Ruth’s days at “The House That Ruth Built” – Yankee Stadium.

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This date is remembered as the next to last time Ruth visited the stadium was on April 27th, 1947. He would die of throat cancer soon after and a legend would pass from the game leaving behind fans that still speak of him today.

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For years he would hold the home run record at 60, which is odd for a man that started his career as a pitcher. Since then, many have passed his record, namely Roger Maris (also a Yankee), with 61. No one will ever forget his famous gesture of pointing to where he would hit a home run for a young boy who he had visited in the hospital.  He proceeded to hit it exactly where he aimed. There seems to be some controversy as to whether this actually happened or not but what harm is there in believing it?

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“The Bambino” helped make baseball what it is today and should always be remembered.  He wasn’t perfect but he was a hero to so many.

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How to celebrate – Visit Yankee Stadium and enjoy a baseball game today. Cheer on your favorite baseball team today.  Go to a little league game and cheer the children, even if you don’t know any of them.