Ruth adds to legend with three homers for Braves
And although Ruth no longer holds many of the records that once made him famous, he is still widely considered the best player of his generation, if not the greatest player of all time. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936 with the inaugural Cooperstown class.
“It wasn’t just that he hit more home runs than anybody else,” said Red Smith of the New York Herald Tribune. “He hit them better, higher, farther, with more theatrical timing and a more flamboyant flourish.”
Some credit Ruth for saving the game and establishing it as the national pastime of America. With his towering home runs, he captivated fans and fueled their imaginations. He helped transform the Yankees from also-rans to champs and baseball from shame (1919 “Black Sox” scandal) to glory.
“Every ballplayer in the country ought to get down on his knees and thank God for the big fellow,” said former teammate and Hall of Fame member Waite Hoyt. “The things he has done have helped every man who plays this game.”
Kevin Stiner was a Public Relations intern for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum