Other Birthdays: 1738: Death of comedian Joe Miller: 1819: Eleven died in the Peterloo Massacre when troops broke up a Manchester crowd demanding parliamentary reforms; 1897: The Tate Gallery opened in London; 1899: Death of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner; 1930: Birth of poet Ted Hughes and the opening of the first British Empire Games at Hamilton, Canada; 1948: Death of American baseball player Babe Ruth
; 1977: Death of American singer Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, at his Gracelands mansion after heart failure.
It reminded me of another book I'd read recently: Sandy Tolan's Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later is the story of another great athlete, Hank Aaron, the man who had the gall to take on white America's most cherished sports hero by breaking Babe Ruth
's home-run record.
A king-size movie star whom audiences have loved as Fred Flintstone, Babe Ruth
, and several quirky nut jobs dreamed up by the Coen brothers (in films from Barton Fink to the new O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Goodman is most indelibly etched on the American consciousness for his nine-year stint as Dan Conner on Roseanne.
Great hitters of a generation or so ago used bats weighing about 40 oz but Babe Ruth
used 54-oz bats to set his records.
Sports figures accounted for 23 percent, with baseball players Ted Williams and Babe Ruth
heading that category.
* Babe Ruth
's single-season-home-run record will never be broken and neither will his single-seating-hot-dog-eating record.
Merry Christmas to the good Catholic boys of baseball: Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Marls, and Babe Ruth
(another home run for Catholic education.).
McGwire is so good at belting a pitch into the bleachers, he's been compared to home-run legends like Babe Ruth
and Hank Aaron.
THERE were a few things, if only a very few, that Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth
had in common.
They include Muhammad ali's gloves; the uniforms of such greats as Babe Ruth
, Wilt Chamberlain, and O.J.