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Babe Ruth

Geburtstag: 6. Februar 1895
Todesdatum: 16. August 1948

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George Herman „Babe“ Ruth Jr. war ein US-amerikanischer Baseballspieler deutscher Herkunft. Er gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Baseballer in der Geschichte dieses Sports.

Seine sportliche Karriere dauerte von 1914 bis 1935, und er schaffte es, eines der Nationalidole der USA zu werden. Er war einer der ersten fünf Spieler, die 1936 in die Baseball Hall of Fame gewählt wurden. Sein 714-Home-Run-Rekord sollte 39 Jahre lang bestehen, bis er 1974 von Hank Aaron gebrochen wurde. Er war der erste Spieler, dem es gelang, 60 Home Runs in einer Saison zu schlagen . Dieser Rekord bestand 34 Jahre, bis er 1961 von Roger Maris übertroffen wurde.

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„You can have the nine greatest individual ball players in the world, but if they don't play together the club won't be worth a dime.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: Baseball always has been and always will be a game demanding team play. You can have the nine greatest individual ball players in the world, but if they don't play together the club won't be worth a dime. "Chapter X," Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball (1928), p. 135; reprinted as [https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=c0sbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AUsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4554%2C1154246 "Babe Ruth's Own Story — Chapter X: Great Individual Stars Worth Little Without Team Play; Signs and How They Operate,] The Pittsburgh Press (January 18, 1929), p. 45

„If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. I have the same violent temper my father and older brother had. Both died of injuries from street fights in Baltimore, fights begun by flare-ups of their tempers. As quoted in Baseball as I Have Known It (1977) by Fred Lieb, p. 154

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„I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball. In boxing, your fist usually stops when you hit a man, but its possible to hit so hard that your fist doesn't stop. I try to follow through in the same way. The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. As quoted in Go for the Gold: Thoughts on Achieving Your Personal Best (2001) by Ariel Books

„Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds. Well, it feels just as bad. You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.

„You just can’t beat the person who never gives up“

— Babe Ruth
Context: One more point: A good player never stops until he's actually out, running as hard for first base on the almost-certain-to-be-caught fly or grounder as he would if he were sprinting the 100-yard dash. If Henry Ford hadn't kept going in the early days despite ridicule, we would never have seen the Ford car. It's been much the same with almost every great man you could name. He kept plugging when everybody said his chances of making first base were nil. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. In [https://books.google.com/books?id=IEEEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=%22you+just+can%27t+beat+the+person+who+never+gives+up%22+rotarian&source=bl&ots=AH8Z2KbO5c&sig=jxgpb2trmAXRSvZi1xmAmDc3e68&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjuo4XD6Z7dAhURZd8KHfOkBokQ6AEwB3oECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22you%20just%20can't%20beat%20the%20person%20who%20never%20gives%20up%22%20rotarian&f=false "Bat It Outǃ"] by George Herman ('Babe') Ruth, in The Rotarian (July 14, 1940), pp. 12-14

„Two hundred right-handed and two hundred left,“

— Babe Ruth
Context: Leo never was much of a hitter. I tried to help him once. I suggested that he become a switch-hitter and that if he did, his average would jump up to.400. "Two hundred right-handed and two hundred left," I said. In The Babe Ruth Story (1948) by R̩uth, with Bob Considine, p. 234

„I'd have broken hell out of that home run record! Besides, the President gets a four-year contract. I'm only asking for three.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: Say, if I hadn't been sick last summer, I'd have broken hell out of that home run record! Besides, the President gets a four-year contract. I'm only asking for three.✱</sup Speaking on January 7, 1930, when asked what made him think he was "worth more than the President of the United States," as quoted in [http://www.mediafire.com/view/mbioqflkxsmp4cb/Vidmer%2C%20Richards.%20Yanks%20Refuse%20Ruth's%20Demand%20for%20a%20Hundred%20Thousand.%20The%20New%20York%20Herald%20Tribune.%20Wednesday%2C%20January%208%2C%201930..jpg "Yanks Refuse Ruth's Demand For $100,000; Star Asks That Figure On 3-Year Contract or $85,000 and No Exhibitions"] by Richards Vidmer, in The New York Herald Tribune (January 8, 1930); also quoted in part—i.e. "The President gets a four-year contract; I'm only asking for three"—later that month in a [http://www.google.com/search?q=%22babe+ruth%22+%22four-year+contract+I%27m+only+asking%22++Claire+NEA&hl=en&gbv=2&oq=%22babe+ruth%22+%22four-year+contract+I%27m+only+asking%22++Claire+NEA&gs_l=heirloom-serp.12...14955.25097.0.27212.14.12.1.0.0.0.183.1124.3j6.9.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..14.0.0.VHm9Bp_6pGo syndicated story] by NEA sportswriter Claire Burcky. <blockquote><center><sup>✱</sup>Immediately following is the virtually ubiquitous but almost certainly apocryphal "I had a better year..." variation; in addition, see related contemporaneous quotes from Brian Bell, Herbert Hoover, Albert Keane, Reuters and Will Rogers in Quotes about Ruth.</center></blockquote>

„I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball. In boxing, your fist usually stops when you hit a man, but its possible to hit so hard that your fist doesn't stop. I try to follow through in the same way. The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. As quoted in Go for the Gold: Thoughts on Achieving Your Personal Best (2001) by Ariel Books

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„Don't give up until every base is uphill.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: I'm glad you finally signed up, Hank. A man's got to keep playing, if he's fit. Keep looking out for yourself. Keep your wind. That's everything. You'll like the National League, Hank. Especially the ballparks. I got a bum break when I went over there, but that was just accidental. You'll be okay. They'll curve-ball you a lot, and you'll find they think a one-run lead is something nice to sit back and rest on. But otherwise it's the same baseball we played. Don't give up until every base is uphill. I played just a little too long. About a week or so. I should have quit that day in Pittsburgh—I was with the Braves, you know—when I got three home runs and was gypped out of a fourth one by one of the Waners. That should have been curtains. But I had promised old man Fuchs that I'd hang around for his Memorial Day crowd. Too bad. Speaking with Hank Greenberg on Sunday, February 23, 1947; as quoted in "Tips From the Bambino..."

„After all, there's only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: "Pick out a good one and sock it!“

— Babe Ruth
Context: After all, there's only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: "Pick out a good one and sock it!" I've talked to a lot of pretty good hitters in the past ten years and I've watched them work. Go over the list from top to bottom—Hornsby, Goslin, Heilmann, Gehrig, Traynor, Cobb, Judge, Bottomley, Roush—there's not a "guess" hitter in the lot. They all tell you the same thing "I never think about whether it's a curve or a fast one that's coming. I simply get set—and if the ball looks good, I sock it." "Chapter XIV," Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball (1928), p. 199; reprinted as [https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AmIbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9EoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4927%2C1635850&dq=after-all-pick-out-good-one-sock "Babe Ruth's Own Story — Chapter XIV (Continued),"] The Pittsburgh Press (February 4, 1929), p. 17

„I am through—through with the pests and the good-time guys. Between them and a few crooks I have thrown away more than a quarter of a million dollars. I have been a Babe—and a Boob. I'm through.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: "I am through—through with the pests and the good-time guys. Between them and a few crooks I have thrown away more than a quarter of a million dollars. I have been a Babe—and a Boob. I'm through." [Ruth] confesses he faces either oblivion or the hard task of complete reformation. [He] realizes that he must make good all over again. "I am going to do it," he said. "I was going to be the exception, the popular hero who could do as he pleased. But all those people were right. Babe and Boob—that was me all over. Now, though, I know that if I am to wind up sitting pretty on the world I've got to face the facts and admit I have been the sappiest of saps. All right, I admit it. I haven't any desire to kid myself." As quoted and paraphrased in "I Have Been a Babe and a Boob" by Joe Winkworth, in Collier's (October 31, 1925), p. 15

„I always swing at the ball with all my might. I hit or miss big“

— Babe Ruth
Context: I always swing at the ball with all my might. I hit or miss big and when I miss I know it long before the umpire calls a strike on me, for every muscle in my back, shoulders and arms is groaning, "You missed it." And be­lieve me, it is no fun to miss a ball that hard. Once I put myself out of the game for a few days by a miss like that. From [http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1920/08/13/page/11/ "'Keep Your Eye On the Ball'; No, Not Golf, It's Babe Ruth,"] by Ruth (as told to Pegler), in The Chicago Tribune (August 13, 1920), p. 11; reprinted as [https://books.google.com/books?id=SAAlxi-0EZYC&pg=PA29&dq=%22I+always+swing%22+%22hit+or+miss+big%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZzNH7oM3QAhWJ4iYKHUCwC8wQ6AEIFDAA#v=onepage&q=%22I%20always%20swing%22%20%22hit%20or%20miss%20big%22&f=false "How to Hit Home Runs,"] in Playing the Game: My Early Years in Baseball, p. 29

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„I was going to be the exception, the popular hero who could do as he pleased. But all those people were right. Babe and Boob—that was me all over. Now, though, I know that if I am to wind up sitting pretty on the world I've got to face the facts and admit I have been the sappiest of saps. All right, I admit it. I haven't any desire to kid myself.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: "I am through—through with the pests and the good-time guys. Between them and a few crooks I have thrown away more than a quarter of a million dollars. I have been a Babe—and a Boob. I'm through." [Ruth] confesses he faces either oblivion or the hard task of complete reformation. [He] realizes that he must make good all over again. "I am going to do it," he said. "I was going to be the exception, the popular hero who could do as he pleased. But all those people were right. Babe and Boob—that was me all over. Now, though, I know that if I am to wind up sitting pretty on the world I've got to face the facts and admit I have been the sappiest of saps. All right, I admit it. I haven't any desire to kid myself." As quoted and paraphrased in "I Have Been a Babe and a Boob" by Joe Winkworth, in Collier's (October 31, 1925), p. 15

„Don't believe anything they write about you, good or bad.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: Keed, I'll give you a little bit of advice. Don't believe anything they write about you, good or bad. Two, get the dough while the getting is good, but don't break your heart trying to get it. And don't pick up too many checks! Advice to Red Grange as quoted in The Wicked City: Chicago from Kenna to Capone (1998) by Curt Johnson and R. Craig Sautter, p. 159; Unsourced variant: Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.

„I decided to pick out the greatest hitter to watch and study, and Jackson was good enough for me.“

— Babe Ruth
Context: I decided to pick out the greatest hitter to watch and study, and Jackson was good enough for me. I liked the way he kept his right foot forward, being a left-handed hitter, and his left foot back. That gave him more body and shoulder power than the average hitter has. On Shoeless Joe Jackson, as quoted in [http://www.mediafire.com/view/mazvkq3hy6g68vp/Rice%2C%20Grantland.%20The%20Sportlight.%20The%20Daily%20Boston%20Globe.%20December%2016%2C%201932..jpg "The Sportlight"] by Grantland Rice, in The Daily Boston Globe (December 16, 1932), p. 40

„Hotter than hell, ain't it, Prez?“

— Babe Ruth
On meeting President Calvin Coolidge, circa mid-1920s, on a sweltering day before a game against Washington, as recalled by Waite Hoyt in Babe Ruth: A Look Behind the Legend, a documentary produced by Howard Cosell, which aired August 15, 1963 on WABC-TV; quoted in "TV: A Look Behind Babe Ruth Legend; Study of Sultan of Swat Is Realistic Account" by John P. Shanley, in The New York Times (August 16, 1963), p. 53

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