Amernic: 70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, his legacy endures

From SABR member Jerry Amernic at NY Sports Day on August 15, 2018:

Babe Ruth died on August 16, 1948. At the time, the U.S. was airlifting food and supplies to Allied-controlled areas of Berlin to counter a Soviet blockade of the city. Israel had just become an independent state, India was still reeling from the assassination of Mahatma Ghandi, and the bikini and television were becoming popular in America. The average new home in the country cost a princely $3,000.

Seventy years later the U.S. and Russia are in the midst of a new and still murky relationship. The Middle East remains a cauldron that can reach fever pitch at any moment, and people complain about the price of just about everything.

But Babe Ruth lives on.

He has been dead for almost three-quarters of a century and it has been 83 years since he last appeared in a baseball game. And yet, it seems not a day goes by when his name is not mentioned.

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Originally published: August 22, 2018. Last Updated: August 22, 2018.