Babe Ruth New York Yankees

December 13, 1901 - August 16, 1948 | aka The Bambino,The Sultan Of Swat | 6' 2" | 215lbs. | Bats: Left
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
BOS AL 1914 5 10 1 2 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .300 0 40 .333 n/a
BOS AL 1915 42 92 16 29 9 23 10 1 4 21 0 0 .315 .376 .576 9 23 .385 n/a
BOS AL 1916 67 136 18 37 10 23 5 3 3 15 0 0 .272 .322 .419 7 16 .309 n/a
BOS AL 1917 52 123 14 40 12 18 6 3 2 12 0 0 .325 .385 .472 8 14 .369 n/a
BOS AL 1918 95 317 50 95 58 58 26 11 11 66 6 0 .300 .411 .555 15 16 .339 n/a
BOS AL 1919 130 432 103 139 101 58 34 12 29 114 7 0 .322 .456 .657 19 11 .319 n/a
NYA AL 1920 142 457 158 172 150 80 36 9 54 137 14 14 .376 .533 .849 24 13 .365 n/a
NYA AL 1921 152 540 177 204 145 81 44 16 59 171 17 13 .378 .512 .846 21 12 .362 n/a
NYA AL 1922 110 406 94 128 84 80 24 8 35 99 2 5 .315 .434 .672 17 16 .320 n/a
NYA AL 1923 152 522 151 205 170 93 45 13 41 131 17 21 .393 .545 .764 24 13 .423 n/a
NYA AL 1924 153 529 143 200 142 81 39 7 46 121 9 13 .378 .513 .739 21 12 .383 n/a
NYA AL 1925 98 359 61 104 59 68 12 2 25 66 2 4 .290 .393 .543 14 16 .297 n/a
NYA AL 1926 152 495 139 184 144 76 30 5 47 150 11 9 .372 .516 .737 22 12 .368 n/a
NYA AL 1927 151 540 158 192 137 89 29 8 60 164 7 6 .356 .486 .772 20 13 .338 n/a
NYA AL 1928 154 536 163 173 137 87 29 8 54 142 4 5 .323 .463 .709 20 13 .301 n/a
NYA AL 1929 135 499 121 172 72 60 26 6 46 154 5 3 .345 .430 .697 12 11 .321 n/a
NYA AL 1930 145 518 150 186 136 61 28 9 49 153 10 10 .359 .493 .732 20 10 .336 n/a
NYA AL 1931 145 534 149 199 128 51 31 3 46 163 5 4 .373 .495 .700 19 8 .350 n/a
NYA AL 1932 133 457 120 156 130 62 13 5 41 137 2 2 .341 .489 .661 22 11 .325 n/a
NYA AL 1933 137 459 97 138 114 90 21 3 34 103 4 5 .301 .442 .582 20 16 .310 n/a
NYA AL 1934 125 365 78 105 104 63 17 4 22 84 1 3 .288 .448 .537 22 13 .296 n/a
BSN NL 1935 28 72 13 13 20 24 0 0 6 12 0 0 .181 .359 .431 22 26 .167 n/a
Career 22yrs 2503 8398 2174 2873 2062 1330 506 136 714 2217 123 117 .342 .474 .690 19 13 .340 n/a
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Gary Cruciani Megary
Nov 29 '18

Turns out that video was taken in Mudville!

And, speaking of "weird follow through" (by Gehrig), it's certainly OT, but check out this pro golfer's weird follow through ... sensational, indeed!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 29 '18

I don't think the footage of Ruth is significantly different than other footage I've seen.  He strides and his hands come forward and then he kind of slings the bat with his wrists.  The swing plane is uppercut, but what's most obvious is that you cannot do this with balls going 95+.  I would bet that the average speed of pitches thrown is in the mid-70s and probably reached no more than 85 from most pitchers.  Ruth's balance at the plate looks really good.

Gehrig isn't on screen very long, but he has a very weird followthrough.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 29 '18

Footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1927 has been found. See it here and read the story about it. Terrible mechanics all around.

If you can't get into the Washington Post, the video is posted here on YouTube.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 29 '18

Fun fact about Baker Bowl burning down, thanks!

The minor league park in Eugene burned down in 2015 ... sad

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 7 '18

Thanks for the Joe Posnanski clip. I love the notion that the right fielder at the Baker Bowl played about where the second baseman does today on a shift. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Jun 7 '18

Great article. I never realized that Klein's HOF worthiness was so questionable. I'd venture a guess that the Baker Bowl was the last MLB park to burn down.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Jun 7 '18

Is there a Chuck Klein page to unearth?

Joe Posnanski on Chuck Klein

Joe Pos is my favorite writer ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 7 '18