Preston: Did Babe Ruth bat right-handed in a game after hitting three home runs?

From SABR member J.G. Preston at the J.G. Preston Experience on March 4, 2013:

Look, I don’t mean to pick on Leigh Montville, but his “The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth” just happens to be the book I’ve been reading lately. And I found another sentence that made me stop and say, really? From page 312 of the hardback:

In 1930 he hit three home runs against the Philadelphia A’s, then came to the plate the fourth time, batted right-handed for two strikes, then stepped across the plate and swung with a fury to strike out on the next pitch.

Really? The Babe had a chance to be the first player in the 20th Century to hit four home runs in a game and he decided to fool around? This can’t be true…

And it’s not.

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Originally published: March 4, 2013. Last Updated: March 4, 2013.