RF Babe Ruth and Bryce Harper Have More Things In Common

Babe Ruth knocked unconscious playing right field in Washington’s Griffith Stadium after running into the wall.

Bryce Harper almost knocked unconscious playing right filed for the Washington Nationals after running into the wall.

When the Nationals had Negro League throwback night in Atlanta, I read a tweet about a book by Brad Snyder called Beyond The Shadow Of The Senators, about the Homestead Grays. The book introduction was quite startling. The above picture of Babe Ruth is what leads off the book. It was the 1924 season, the one in which Washington would eventually win the World Series. Seeing these picture, I was immediately reminded of the Washington Post piece at the beginning of the year comparing the swing of Haper to Ruth. I remember at the time some on Twitter made Ruth / Harper runs into the wall jokes. Turns out, they were right. Oh, and Ruth didn’t even get pulled from the game. He also played the next game of the double header.

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Review: Ty Cobb Museum

20130420-090712.jpgIt is impossible in our modern world to talk about Ty Cobb without the specter of racism being present. It is similar to bringing up the topic of Berry Bonds without mentioning steroids. The difference is, nobody doubts Cobb’s authentic achievements on the diamond, but Bonds accomplishments leave more to the interpretation.

Cobb’s achievements are truly remarkable. At his retirement he owned 70 or so records and received the highest percentages of votes in the inaugural Hall of Fame class. He was recognized in his time as being the greatest living baseball player. The Ty Cobb Museum is located in Royston, Georgia, the closest town to the small farm area where Ty Cobb was born. At one time, I am sure this was really the middle of nowhere, Ga.  Now, it is a little less than an hour from the suburban sprawl that is Atlanta.  The museum tells the story of Cobb from the perspective of his family and neighbors and friends.

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