Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let's "Retire" The Babe's "Number" On 121st Birthday

Today is George Herman Ruth's 121st birthday. 'The Babe" 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—and completed 105 of them! In his last season in Boston, he was starting to show his offensive skills 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). On this birthday, the Red Sox owners should consider "retiring" a "BABE" plaque (since he never wore a "number" with us) on the right field façade. If for no other reason, it will tweak the hell out of The Evil Ones. Just do it!