In 1934, it was called “a record that promises to endure for all time.”
From the New York Times article written on July 13, 1934:
A record that promises to endure for all time was attained on Navin Field today when Babe Ruth smashed his seven-hundredth home run in a lifetime career. It promises to live, first, because few players of history have enjoyed the longevity on the diamond of the immortal Bambino, and, second, because only two other players in the history of baseball have hit more than 300 home runs.
Of course, today, we stand with Ruth as third on the all time home run list and 54th on the games played list. The scientific developments that forever changed the game were unforeseen in the mid-30′s where 700 home runs seemed unattainable unless you were the Bambino. Imagine Ruth slugging in this era where something close to one-thousand bombs would be said to “endure for all time.”
With American culture placing such an importance on the Super Bowl, nearly ever pair of eyes and ears are fixated on their televisions the first Sunday of February, including the most sensitive ones.
Every year, the Federal Communications Commission receives dozens of complaints stemming from the Super Bowl, its commercials, and its halftime show. This year was no different than the others. There was passionate tongue wrestling and pole dancing in commercials and provocative attire from halftime performer Beyonce.
“I can’t go all that time without a smoke,” he said almost-desperately as I relayed to him the information. Starting in March at all events held in Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, smoking is prohibited. No more designated smoking areas, banned completely inside the stadiums as well as 25 feet from the entrances outside the stadium. He is my uncle, in his mid-fifties, an Oriole fan for decades, a smoker for probably longer, and a common visitor to both Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards. “I won’t go,” he added.
“Earl Weaver smoked in the dugout!” he pleaded.
After Sam Koch effectively wasted eight seconds of play by scurrying around in the end zone, taking a safety, Joe Flacco and the Ravens anxiously awaited the ensuing punt as well as the remaining four ticks of the clock. It’s no secret that Flacco wanted 49ers returner Ted Ginn to be stopped short of the goal line and to win the game, but he was willing to go to extremes to make that happen. Flacco was heard saying this by NFL’s Sound FX:
Flacco to Dennis Pitta: “If he starts to break it, go tackle ‘em.”
Everyone in Baltimore was excited for Tuesday’s celebration parade as the Super Bowl XXLVII champion Ravens returned home to Charm City. That excitement did not exclude running back Ray Rice, either, as he got a little overzealous while on one of the team’s float.
Don’t worry, Rice is okay.
Basically, he forgot to hold on.
Imagine that …
When Babe Ruth was walloping home runs, escalating his total to previously unexplored heights, some of them that should have been celebrated were merely passed off as just another achievement of the Sultan of Swat. Nobody quite knew the importance of a home run such as number 600.
Ruth’s 600th home run, a drive hit in St. Louis, was only worthy of a few mentions in the New York Times the following day (Aug. 22, 1931). In the article entitled, “Yanks Win, Ruth Driving 600th Homer,” the home run is acknowledged as his 600th, but nothing more: