The Babe and the original “Hammerin’ Hank”

February 6, 2014

Posted on Facebook by John Rosengren, author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes:

Babe Ruth’s birthday today. Born 1895. Hank Greenberg thought Babe was the greatest ballplayer ever. In early 1947 he visited Ruth at his Riverside apartment while the Babe was recovering from throat cancer surgery and on a doctor-prescribed beer diet to regain weight. Ruth shared some hitting tips with Hank in a memorable visit for Hank with his hero.

Rosengren is about to come out with a new book, The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption.

Coincidentally, the subsequent “Hammerin’ Hank” turned 80 just yesterday. (Several books about Aaron lead off this entry. Books about Ruth can be found within this one.)

Here’s an amusing piece about the Ruth-Aaron connection posted awhile back on the Hot Corner portion of Baseball Nation.

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