Rookie George Herman "Babe" Ruth observations on Spring Training Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 28 February 2006

“I was 19 and I was the proudest, greenest kid in the country,” said Ruth about the spring before his rookie year.  “I’ll never forget the ride to the station the day I left Baltimore and the orphanage.  The whole thing seemed like a dream to me.  I couldn’t sleep all night.”

Ruth when on to make a name for himself during 1919 Spring Training by hitting a (then) record 29 Cactus league home runs.

Funny Babe Ruth quote

During the first day of Spring Training 1961 at Crescent Lakes in St. Petersburg, FL, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins noticed Babe Ruth resting on a bench in the dugout.   “What are you doing here on the bench?  You’re supposed to be running in the outfield to get your legs in shape,” Huggins said.  To which The Babe replied: “I ain’t going out there anymore…There are alligators out there.”  Sure enough, there were several alligators in Crescent Lake, and they regularly ventured out of the lake into the outfield of the baseball diamond to find out what all of the excitement was all about. 

 





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