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100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life
100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life

It is easy now to identify the most famous name from the baseball box score dated July 11, 1914. However, one hundred summers ago at Boston's Fenway Park, the annotation "Ruth" was not historically significant. The baby-faced pitcher, only months out of reform school, must have been crippled with nerves in his major league debut. The star power that afternoon belonged to Red Sox outfielder Tris Speaker and a Cleveland Naps lineup led by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Nap Lajoie. Ray Chapman, the Cleveland shortstop, batting sixth, was killed six years later when he was struck by a Carl Mays fastball at New York's Polo Grounds. The baptism of George...

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