Long-lost Babe Ruth radio interview, refresh
A long-lost radio interview with Babe Ruth, considered by many as the greatest footballer ever found. The 1943 image was made during the second world War, and gives intimate details of Ruth’s life, touching on topics such as how he picked up his bat and how he got his nickname.
Almost 70 years after his death, the Sultan of Swat is still knocking them out of the park.
A long-lost radio interview with Babe Ruth, considered by many as the greatest footballer ever is found in the archives of the Cheshire Academy, a private school in Connecticut. The interview where listeners can hear Ruth’s voice, along with a number of others, is a part of a donation made by Joe Hasel, sports presenter and former pupil of the school.
So far, the Cheshire Academy has a 5:14 clip of the recording and noted that more fragments will be released soon. You can listen to the clip here.
1943 recording, which lasts for 13 minutes, was during the second world War, and gives intimate details of Ruth’s life, touching on topics such as how he picked up his bat and how he got his nickname.
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“I was in the training camp,” Baltimore, Ruth said, according to a press release from the Cheshire Academy. “One of the coaches there said, ‘Look at that big babe, come here.’ This is how the name ‘Babe’ stuck to me ever since.”
He also noted that he gripped his bat different, something that most baseball historians were unaware of until now.
“In the past, I was always bat differently, because I always have my finger on the button of the bat, so I could follow on my swing,” Ruth said in the interview.
According to an interview with NPR, Brian Otis, which is on the Cheshire Academy Board of Trustees and was instrumental in obtaining the donation to Cheshire, noted that Hasel never said what is on the tapes.
“[Hasel] talked about the experience of calling games in the Cotton Bowl, boxing matches in Madison Square Garden,” Otis said, according to NPR. “If I Had known what I do now, I would have been more thorough and spent more time with Joe.”
Also included in the collection were interviews with boxing legend Jack Dempsey and Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack. As part of The Armed Forces Radio Service, Hasel interviewed more than 120 well-known athletes and managers of the time.
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The Great Bambino was more than just a huge power hitter, but his 714 home runs were hit at a pace unlike what Major League Baseball had ever seen until the moment he retired, in 1935. Ruth began his career with the Boston Red Sox in the first place as a pitcher, before the legendary switch to the competition.
He had a career record of 94-46, along with a 2.28 ERA, pitching 17 shutouts, and 107 complete games, in a time when pitchers routinely went the full 9 innings. He threw it at the age of 38 in 1933, the year of the first All-Star Game.
On the field, Ruth was almost unparalleled. In addition to the rays 714 home runs, Ruth retired with a batting average of .342, 2,214 RBIs, 2,873 hits, and an OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of 1.164, the best in baseball history.
Ever the party animal, Ruth spent a large part of his life with drinking and eating everything he wanted. The left-handed slugger was also a good quote and will be remembered for such phrases as “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” and “Never let the fear to save get in your way.”
Interest in Ruth memorabilia remains exceptionally high, after his death from cancer in 1948.
Actor Charlie Sheen owned Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, in addition to an original copy of the purchase document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees of the Red Sox. They were at the auction last year and sold for $4.4 million, split almost evenly between the ring and the contract, according to Bleacher Report.
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