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Did You Know?

During the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, the greatest hitter in baseball history
was finally given an opportunity to, well, hit. During spring training, the Red Sox
held batting practice for the troops at Camp Pike in Little Rock, Arkansas, where a
23-yearold pitcher named Babe Ruth smashed five home runs. The next morning’s
headline: “Ruth Puts Five Over Fence.” In desperate need of hitters after losing
some 13 players to the war, Red Sox manager Ed Barrow turned to his best pitcher,
Ruth, who had won 24 games the year before (2.01 ERA), while hitting just two
home runs. During the “Dead Ball Era,” most hitters chopped at the ball, aiming
for singles. But Ruth swung for the fences, revolutionizing the sport and becoming
baseball’s first true slugger. In May, the Babe got the flu, and when the Red Sox
physician treated him with silver nitrate, it only made things
worse, causing him to choke and pass out. After being rushed
to the hospital, there were rumors that Ruth was on his
death bed. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and got back to
mashing. “The Great Bambino” hit 11 homers in May and June,
more than five American League teams hit all year.


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