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Tipping our cap to The Babe

I admit it's not really a Cardinals thing, but I think it is worth mentioning that on this date 75 years ago George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 714th -- and last -- home run as a major leaguer.





He did it for the Boston Braves, putting the cherry on top of quite possibly the most impressive resume in baseball history, by finishing his storied career in the city where it started.





There are a lot of players who did things better than Ruth. Willie Mays was a superb all-around player who could run and play the outfield on a level that The Bambino couldn't imagine. But I don't think there was anyone who ever brought a more impressive skill set to the game. Even thought Barry Bonds and Henry Aaron eclipsed his home run total, they had hundreds more at bat in which to do it. And neither they, nor Mays, could touch Ruth's batting average or on base percentage.





And let's not forget that Ruth started his career as a pitcher, going 94-46 with a 2.28 ERA for his shortened career on the mound. Had he not been so darn good at hitting, he very well might have made the Hall of Fame as a hurler. He won 24 games in 1916 with the best ERA in the league, 1.75. He also led the league in shut outs with nine. In 1917 he won 23 more with an ERA of 2.01.





I could rattle on and on about Ruth's stats because the guy basically wrote the record book... But suffice it to say that Ruth was one of the best players to ever lace 'em up and I wish I would have had the chance to see him crack a homer just once.

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