What is it about childhood sports personas? While it may not be as huge a thing as it once was, there was a time when card assortments cost a lot, and girls and boys spent a lot of money and time putting together them and showing them to friends. But even if that tradition may not be as popular as it once was, sports legends of today are still watched closely and admired, leaving people in awe of their talents and abilities.
The boys practically worshipped Babe Ruth, and the ball bearing his signature becomes the center of the predicament that the friends face together: trying to get it back from the neighbor’s yard– and the dreaded dog. The movie exhibits this truth: sports heroes inspire their young athlete counterparts, and knowing something about them often lights the fire for those of the next generation.
Babe Ruth once expressed, “I like to live as big as I can,” and he was determined to live life to the fullest, undertaking the things he most enjoyed.
Not much is known about his childhood. He was a rowdy, rough kid, and one gets the sense that he pushed the limits, even then.
Initially, he was a pitcher in the game of baseball, but then became referred to as a legendary batter. People liked to watch him play! This was possibly encouraged by the fact that he was friendly and very charismatic. He loved kids and loved making people happy.
His “go big or go home” way of living leaked into other aspects of his life, too. He consumed alcohol like crazy, and could consume large amounts of alcohol without getting wasted or drunk. He also was an outright womanizer, even when he was married, and he had a track record surrounding each of these things.
His identity was an interesting duality: he was rugged, crass, and unrefined, but he was also identified for his kindness and ability to having fun. He went out of his way for fans and was benevolent in what he gave to others.
It was while he was sick with cancer that he entered the Yankee stadium (nicknamed “the house that Ruth built”) for what would be the last time. The date was June 13, 1948, and the occasion was the 25th anniversary of that arena.
Even then, at the end, fans would hang out outside, hoping for a chance to see him when he would occasionally come to the window. Tens of thousands came for a last look at the man who had once seemed larger than life in his prime.
He’s still one of the outstanding in the sport of baseball, a legend for all time. Just like kids in Babe Ruth’s time, children today have sports heroes they look up to. And if they’re on the swim team, they think about watching Michael Phelps take gold after gold after gold in the Olympics.
Belonging of youth sports is fun for us, because we recall the joys of childhood when we were the ones going out for the team. Today? Once did, we get the privilege of taking care of the transportation so that the younger generations can enjoy the same things we. If we can help get your team to practice, or get coaches, staff, teammates and gear to an away game, it would be our pleasure to offer our Rochester Charter Bus ! Let us get your team wherever they need to be with our Rochester Charter Bus!