On March 9, 2019, Julia Ruth Stevens, adopted daughter of Babe Ruth, the man who invented modern celebrityhood, died at 102. One of the last living people to have known Babe Ruth, she was the protector of his legacy. “I couldn’t have had a better father than him,” she always said.
Monuments to great Americans are now being torn down by Taliban copying “progressives”. After the first statue of Lee came down, can it be more than a matter of time until the last statue of Washington comes down? You can already hear discussion of tearing plaques off of the Baseball Hall of Fame wall, and the first two names brought up to go are Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Cobb is chosen for allegedly being baseball’s greatest racist, a totally false picture of the man, who as a southerner of his time was remarkably egalitarian, and financed black educational causes. As an example of just one of his charitable endeavors, Cobb established the Ty Cobb Educational Foundation which gave scholarships to hundreds of young Blacks. Ruth’s “impeachment worthy” crime is being the best known player from the era of racial segregation. Sometimes Ruth’s “consorting with women of ill repute” has also been brought up as a reason for his deserving expulsion. The charge is true, and its regrettable that not all men can be as faithful as Bill Clinton.