In a scene from the film version of Eight Men Out, Albert Austrian, the crackerjack attorney hired by Chicago White/Black Sox owner Charles Comiskey to defend his wayward players, is introducing his law partners to the defendants:
Austrian: Their names may not sound familiar, but I’d say that these men are the Ty Cobb, the Tris Speaker, and the Zack Wheat of the legal world.
Buck Weaver: Who’s the Babe Ruth?
Austrian: That’s me.
That’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw this front-page story in The New York Times today, “In Fight for Legacy, Rodriguez Fields Costly Team of All-Stars.”
So who is the Babe Ruth of this bunch?