Only once in our history did America have a King

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    Babe Ruth - Home

    Birth name: George Herman Ruth
    Born: February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland
    Died: August 16, 1948 in New York, New York
    Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 215 lbs
    Batted: Left
    Threw: Left
    Major League Baseball debut: July 11, 1914
    Last Major League Baseball appearance: May 30, 1935
    Hall of Fame: Elected in 1936 receiving 95.13% of the votes

    Career Highlights and Awards

    2-time All-Star selection (1933, 1934)
    7-time World Series champion (1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932)
    1923 AL MVP
    Had #3 retired by the New York Yankees in 1948
    Member of Major League Baseball’s All Century Team
    Voted Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press
    ESPN Sports Century - #2 Athlete of the 20th Century
    Named the Greatest baseball player of all time by The Sporting News
    Named the Greatest baseball player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated
     
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    I recently found out that they actually continue to play the "World Series" even if the Yankees aren't involved.

    Amazing, no?
     
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    You all know he was a racist bigot right? As were several other great baseball stars.
     
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    Lest we forget...

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRZFY48q8lc]King of Tires oak cliff texas - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    President Andrew Jackson was labeled King Andrew I by the conservatives. The English party that opposed the king was the Whig party so the conservative party took the name Whig for a time, then settled on Republican.
     
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    That is a blatantly false statement. WTF is wrong with you?

    “BABE RUTH AND THE ISSUE OF RACE” – by Baseball historian and author, Bill Jenkinson


    Having written a book about Babe Ruth in 2007, I receive many questions about the Bambino and his extraordinary life. One of the greatest areas of interest centers on how the Babe interacted with the African-American community. In this matter, modern fans perceive Ruth inaccurately in two ways. They believe that he did not compete against the best Black players of that era, and they think that he did not enjoy a positive relationship with the general African-American population. Both of those beliefs are false.

    Admittedly, it is difficult for any Ruthian scholar to definitively understand the exact evolution of Babe’s feelings about race. My personal judgment is that there was none. In keeping with his uncommonly natural persona, I believe that Ruth was simply “color blind” in the matter of race. In other words, I suspect that George Herman Ruth was born with literally no innate biases toward anyone.

    New Haven on August 18, 1918. On that occasion, Ruth had smashed the stadium’s longest-ever home run with an epic blow over the woman’s bath house in distant right centerfield.

    So, when Weiss realized that his team was outclassed by the soon-to-arrive Cubans, he put in a call to Babe Ruth, who was resting in Boston after the just-ended World Series. The New Haven Register said this about Ruth’s status at that time: “He is truly the miracle player of baseball.” It added that Ruth was: “unquestionably the biggest baseball sensation of the year.” When Weiss extended the invitation for Ruth to return to New Haven to play the “ebony skinned” Cubans, Babe “jumped at the opportunity.” Predictably, the Stars whipped the Colonials handily, but Ruth provided the only bright light in the 5-1 defeat with a mammoth homer beyond the flagpole in left centerfield. I believe, however, that the day’s events transcended sports.

    At that moment, Babe Ruth was in the process of supplanting Ty Cobb (a well-known racist) as the preeminent baseball player in America. When he unhesitatingly agreed to take the field against performers of African descent, he sent a powerful signal that could not be ignored. As was usually the case in whatever he did, Ruth kept moving forward in the matter of race relations. After being sold to the New York Yankees in 1920, Babe took the final step in becoming baseball’s unquestioned kingpin by walloping fifty-four homers. That was an astounding accomplishment for that era. When the season ended, Ruth received hundreds of invitations to barnstorm anywhere he wanted to go. Of the approximately fifteen games that Babe selected, five were against so-called Negro League teams. Ruth then sailed to Cuba, where he joined John McGraw’s Giants to play nine more contests versus a combination of Latino and Negro ballplayers. Again, the message was clear: if the sports’ transcendent figure played without reservation against Black ballplayers, why shouldn’t everyone else?
     
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    Every Man is a king in the good ol U.S OF A..
     
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    King? I thought he was a Sultan. :eusa_eh:
     

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