Remembering Larry Ritter

Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing
Oh, the ring of the piper’s tune
Oh, for one of those hours of gladness
Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon…
                             &nbs

Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing
Oh, the ring of the piper’s tune
Oh, for one of those hours of gladness
Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon…
                                 –
from the Kerry Dance (Irish Folk Song)

Those words of the Kerry Dance open the baseball classic, The Glory of their Times by Larry Ritter and seem fitting now that one of the great baseball historians has passed away.

Celebrated author and longtime SABR member Lawrence S. Ritter
died February 15 at his New York City apartment following a series of strokes.

Mark Rucker, who worked with Ritter on the book, The Babe: A Life in Pictures, said this of Larry: “Larry was full of anecdotes, about New York City, about the players who shared the field the Babe, and about local events involving Ruth that few others even knew about. The brainstorming sessions gave me a deep admiration for Larry and his work. His sense of humor and dedication to the job at hand made the tasks all the more easy…there could have been no better way to start a publishing career than with Larry as a partner. “

From all of us at SABR, Larry…we’ll miss you.



Originally published: March 3, 2004. Last Updated: March 3, 2004.

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