Those who collect Babe Ruth memorabilia, home run balls or good baseball books might want to check out a new offering that has some mighty claims about each and every one of the Bambino’s homers… and what he might have done today.
Revered as he may still be among baseball fans, Babe Ruth was even better. That’s according to a book released this year entitled "The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs".
The release of author Bill Jenkinson’s effort was no doubt timed to coincide with Barry Bonds’ assault on Hank Aaron’s career home run record. But Jenkinson claims the Babe was far better at belting round trippers than Bonds, Aaron, Roger Maris or Willie Mays.
Jenkinson devoured original newspaper accounts, Ruth’s "hidden" career of hundreds of exhibition games and also does a degree-of-difficulty analysis between the various conditions Ruth experienced compared to power hitters in other eras.
Jenkinson also says Ruth’s knee injury may have hurt his final totals and claims if the Babe had played today, it would have been easily repaired with modern medicine, adding longevity and productivity to his career.
There are photographs of the old ballyards, and spray charts of Ruth’s homers and a homer-by-homer list that includes preseason exhibitions and postseason barnstorming. A pretty fascinating story from the Philadelphia Daily News.