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You might be forgetting that Williams played his whole career in the most hitter friendly ballpark in baseball. Strawberry spent his prime years in an extremely pitcher friendly park.
Thats why I laugh when people call Ted Williams "The best hitter who ever lived". He played half of his games in the most hitter friendly park in baseball. I would consider Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, and Barry Bonds better hitters than Williams.
While Im drunk, heres a fun fact.....Walter Johnson holds the record for most 1-0 complete games won, and the record for most 0-1 complete games lost.
I'm sure Africans are happy today, Ernie Els won the British Open. What a heck of way to win it too!
The way Adam Scott lost it with 4 straight bogeys was heartbreaking. I'm a big fan of his, but I'm also a big Ernie fan. Els went through a lot of self doubt to get back to where he is now the last few years. To win a major in three different decades is an amazing feat accomplished by only 5 other players. His place in history is secure.
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Yankee Stadium, with the short porch in right, opened in 1923. Babe Ruth had his 2 best hitting seasons in 1920, and 1921.
Im a big baseball history junkie. Alot of people disregard Ruths stats, becaue baseball wasnt intergrated when he played. That is nonsense.
Back in Ruth's day, the MLB teams would go on "barnstorming tours", in the offseason. They would play the top non MLB all star teams from around the country, often making more than they earned from the MLB season. The biggest draw was always when the Yankees(or some other team Ruth was playing for that offseason) would play against the Negro League All Star teams. Babe Ruth destroyed the Negro League pitching. There are many quotes from the old Negro League greats, saying that Ruth was the best they ever saw. Keep in mind, to the Negro Leaguers, this was their World Series, it was their chance to prove to the country that they were just as good as the whites.
In the famous "called shot" game, against the Cubs, and what has almost been erased from history, is the Cubs fans were chanting "Nigger", every time Ruth was at bat. It was a popular belief back then, that Babe Ruth was partially black. Thats neither here nor there, but it is a part of baseball history.
His years in 20 and 21 were similar to his seasons in Yankee Stadium. What does stand out is that .847 and .846 slugging percentage of those years, crazy numbers. I guess the 60 HR's he hit in 1927 skewed my thinking a bit. Also of note, as soon as Yankee Stadium opened he hit a career high .393 in 1923, just food for thought.
From what Ive read, Ruth hit more homers on the road, then at home. Some of the ballbarks Ruth played in were huge. If I remember correctly, the ballpark in Washington D.C. so was so huge, that no player hit a ball out of the park, for ten years.........except for Ruth. It was 500 or more feet to center field, and Ruth was the only player, in the history of the park, to homer there.
edit. It was Griffith Stadium
In Ruths day, they used to mark where his homers landed, its a shame that all that has been lost to history. The guy who wrote, "The Year Babe Ruth hit 104 Home Runs" travelled around the country, and studied all the newspaper reports, of where Ruth's homers landed. He determined that Ruth would have hit 104 home runs, in one season, if he played into todays ballparks.
I just read he hit two 500 footers in one series in 1921 at that park. Mickey Mantle and Negro Leaguer Josh Gibson were the only ones to hit ones over the left field bleachers. The "tape measure home run" originated there in 1953 with a reported 565 foot blast by Mantle. Quite a storied home run history indeed.
Nah, I've cheered for 3 different hockey teams, so I can identify with your stance. I can't believe I cheered for the Leafs back in the day, but they had Gilmour, Clarke and Potvin. The refs still screwed them over in the '93 playoffs, that should have been a Leafs-Habs final but Gretzky is untouchable when it comes to a double minor high-sticking penalty.
I'm not abandoning the Brewers, they're just going to be my 2nd favorite team. Speaking of which, I never did share who my primary team was...
So what 3 teams did you follow?
Flames, Leafs and now the Wings. I loved those old Flames-Oilers battles as well. Steve Smith scoring in his own net costing the Oilers that series against the Flames in the semi-final was priceless.
Speaking of the Wings, I hear they're possibly working on a deal to get Keith Yandle!
That somewhat makes up for not landing Webber or Suter. Yandle had a bit of an off year last year though (or am I mixing him up with Hanzel? That happens a lot.)
You're both just gloryhunters...
Do explain, young lad!
Speaking of which, I've made my decision and I'm going to continue putting up with the Brewers...I mean, they can't get any worse!
I think he means that if our teams are futile for so many years we just jump to the frontrunners, I dunno.
Well, I'm retracting my statement about dropping the Brewers like a bad habit.
Back to hockey talk. So I saw that Semin just signed with the Hurricanes, why didn't the Wings sign him?!?
I'm glad they didn't sign him, as with most Russians he plays when he feels like it.
ZING! He would have played well with Datsyuk though! Is there anyone even out there worth gambling with signing or trading for?
I somewhat followed the July 1 frenzy but I haven't kept up on who is still available. Rick Nash would be a nice addition but I think he's New York bound.
What a fucking goal by Felipe! 2-0 winners over Philadelphia at Saputo! Two straight wins!
We have an outside chance of making the play-offs. Maybe a bit too demanding with the games in-hand we have over the other teams but I'm starting to believe!
I've been watching baseball all day; the Cardinals are going to the 19th inning!
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