Which famous American baseball player was known as the Sultan of Swat
In anticipation of the 1992 release of a god-awful movie about Babe Ruth, starring John Goodman, I chatted with Nick Urzetta for a column about the time the Sultan of Swat
made a barnstorming appearance in Rochester.
Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat
", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees.
Babe the nickname collector: Babe probably had more well-published nicknames than any other player and here are but a few we have seen print: The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat
, The Colossus of Clout, The Wazir of Wham, The Maharajah of Mash, The nhl jerseys china Rajah of Rap, The Caliph of Clout, the Behemoth of Bust, The Mammoth of Maul, The Mauling Mastodon, The Mauling Monarch, The Wali of Wollop, and to his teammates, Jidge.
Later that day there will be a panel discussion on the life of Babe Ruth called "The Life of the Sultan of Swat
." The special guests will attend, along with all of the baseball historians involved with the research and development of the Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail.
Would a canny chocolatier name his product after the forgotten daughter of a long-gone president or the Sultan of Swat
? Will Hershey's bring out an Amy Carter bar next week?
Ruth, of course, would eventually gain fame as the Sultan of Swat
. But during the late 1910s, his pitching reputation paled in comparison to his teammate's; indeed, as Walter Johnson once noted, "Can I throw harder than Joe Wood?