Comments on: WHAT IF…the Red Sox never traded Babe Ruth? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: BigOldCat http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-60508 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 21:56:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-60508 To add to MikeD's story:

In 1949, Cehrig is named manager of the Yankees. He remains in that position for 20 years, leading the Bombers to 16 pennants and 10 World Series wins.

When the Yanks are put up for sale, Gehrig puts together a team of businessmen and buys the club; he evantually buys 100 percent interest in the club, though he has now turned over the day-to-day owner's duties to his children and grandchildren.

George Steinbrenner buys the Mets.

Enjoy!

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By: Anonymous http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59978 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:52:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59978 The Red Sox might have folded if they kept the babe because they used the money from the sale to pay the mortgage on fenway.

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By: Mike Felber http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59645 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 05:07:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59645 Good speculations, perhaps especially the fanciful ones (Mike D.) Thanks.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59307 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:43:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59307 Well, Ott was only 17 when he got to the bigs, from the deep south. Gehrig was a local college boy. Of course, Ott probably had John McGraw protecting him and trying to keep his nose clean. Which makes one wonder how Ruth and McGraw would have gotten along. No doubt they would have butted heads some.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59281 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:54:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59281 @33
J.T. -- Well, sure; Ruth shows Ott the importance of physical fitness and "early to bed, early to rise"....

But seriously (though I'm not sure that you were) -- if Ruth didn't have that sort of negative effect on the young Lou Gehrig, I don't see why things would have been different with Ott.

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By: steven http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59211 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 07:26:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59211 Lou Gehrig's 1938 season may have been one of the most statistically impressive in baseball history if, in fact, his illness had begun to take hold.

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By: mikeM http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59188 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 05:31:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59188 ah, heck, let's start another fight: If Willie Mays was allowed to pitch...

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By: Jonathan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59171 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 04:37:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59171 Babe Ruth remains a pitcher. After Willie Mays breaks Jimmie Foxx's career home record in 1966, he and Hank Aaron have a thrilling duel over the next several years for the all-time record. Fred McGriff comes out of nowhere and beats both of them.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59162 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 04:12:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59162 John, does Mel Ott develop any differently with Ruth on the team? Could the very young Ott have been so intimidated by Ruth that it hinders his development? Or does he learn some good tips which make him an even better player than he was?

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By: jason http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8607/comment-page-1#comment-59153 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 03:27:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8607#comment-59153 ruth still converts to the outfield after his pitching numbers tank in 1921 with the advent of the live-ball era and masters the art of getting the ball around that right field pole. boston, having one of the best rotations in baseball, can afford to do so and acquires talent around ruth, replacing him in the rotation with a top level pitcher and several position players. ruth leads the red sox to four world series titles during his career, the last of them coming in 1932 against the cubs. during that world series he and jimmie foxx go back to back on two separate occasions. foxx taunts the cubs pitcher by pointing to the outfield bleachers after ruth hits a third home run. he flies out however. ruth finishes his career with 495 career home runs and just short of 2000 rbi, and is elected to the hall of fame in its fourth year of existence. at his retirement in 1936 he is voted the second most popular player behind lou gehrig. he dies less than a year after his HOF induction of a heart attack.

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