Friday, February 6, 2015

Today Is George Herman Ruth's 120th Birthday

Some transactions are better off not made. The one that sent George Herman "Babe" Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees should never even have been thought of. On December 26, 1919 Boston shipped Ruth off to New York for the then-princely sum of $100,000. Still, adjusted for inflation, that's only $1,412,418.18. For Babe Ruth? Up to that point, Ruth had spent six seasons in Carmine Hose—mostly as an elite starting pitcher (89-46, 2.19 ERA). He started 143 games for the Red Sox over that span—and completed 105 of them! But in his final season with the Red Sox, he was starting to show his offensive prowess as well. In 1919, Ruth hit .322 with 29 HRs and 113 RBIs—leading the AL in the latter two categories! He also led the league in on-base percentage (.456), slugging (.657), OPS (1.114), and runs scored (103). No wonder Harry Frazee dumped this stiff! Today is The Babe's 120th birthday. It's a good time to reflect upon what might have been.