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99 years since Ruth's debut...fun article


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Very cool stuff, thanks for posting.

I lived in Fayetteville, NC for a piece and I remember there was a marker on the spot (in a real random/obscure part of town) where Ruth had once hit a HR but I never realized that it could have been a marker for his first professional HR (#7 on the list).

Number 26 is also just unreal...

Good stuff, thanks again.

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Also, just looking through the list some more...

#75. I had NO idea those events happened. I assumed that he never returned to the mound after leaving the Red Sox. Crazy.

There was a lot of those 99 facts I don't remember ever hearing, but the returning to pitch I did....it was one of those stories I always loved, him being so good at both hitting and pitching and returning late in his career to dominate as a pitcher a few times just to say.....oh yea I can still do that too....

Number 55 is one of my favorites.

That's nuts, right? Out for 5 minutes? Someone should tell Harper this story....but I am sure (and probably, rightfully so), he would have been out of the game for a few weeks with concussion testing if this happened today.

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There was a lot of those 99 facts I don't remember ever hearing, but the returning to pitch I did....it was one of those stories I always loved, him being so good at both hitting and pitching and returning late in his career to dominate as a pitcher a few times just to say.....oh yea I can still do that too...

I don't want to be a party pooper but I wouldn't call those starts dominating a real MLB team. The '30 and '33 games were both the last game of the season. The Red Sox in '30 were definitely fielding a B team with only one guy with an OPS over. 700 in one of the great offensive years of all time. And Ruth's totals in those two starts were 18 innings, 8 runs, 5 walks, 3 Ks. The '33 game was over in an hour and a half. I'd classify these as publicity stunts that wouldn't be allowed today.

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