In Babe's day, who from today could compare to the baseball great?

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Wasn't that a great photo of Babe Ruth? ("A Ruthian Debate: Would the Babe Have Been as Successful in Today's Game?" July 7 Sports) -- even if it might be a publicity shot: crush cap, no protective gear, bare hands on the bat, shoe spikes.

Perhaps the "debate" might better be who in today's game could have succeeded in Ruth's time against him and the greats of his peers? No high-tech "sports" drinks, "sports" gear, "sports" medicine, etc. Weekly doubleheaders, 90-minute average games (without added 60 or so minutes of commercial breaks), only day-games in the summer heat, and so on.

My mother once told me she was taken to her first (major league) baseball game "because a great player was playing." It was Babe Ruth, at Forbes Field; she didn't know who he was, and she was about 20. We figured it out that it was 1935 and she was there at his last game and his last three home runs.

PAUL J. SENTNER
Elliott


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