A couple of weeks ago when attempts to find any new packs and/or blasters came up empty, I settled on one of those “Four unopened packs plus 50 cards” repacks. It was a bust by even by my low standards… except, much to my surprise, a pack of 2016 Leaf “Babe Ruth Collection” turned out to be the highlight of the repack. It’s not that I have a thing against Babe Ruth, but I was expecting something uninteresting like those “Pete Rose – The Living Legend” cards from a few years ago.
Fast forward to this week; I’ve been fighting a cold since Thursday (the cold is winning, BTW) and while I don’t feel terribly poorly, my brain is running on what my phone would call “Low Power Mode”, so I needed something quick and relatively easy to write about.
Enter Babe Ruth, stage left.
The caption to this card pretty much says it all – Babe Ruth participated in a charity football game.
Babe Ruth playing Football? I didn’t expect anything as unusual (and cool) as that.
Little did I know that this would be outdone two cards later.
Babe Ruth with Mike The Chimpanzee? Gotta love it. The back of the card doesn’t shed a whole lot of light on it… The photo was taken in October, 1928 at the St. Louis Zoological Park.
One other bit of “joy” that came out of the meager research done for this post… The realization that I’ve outlived Babe Ruth; The Sultan Of Swat died of cancer a little over 6 months past his 53rd birthday. I am… well, I’m a little older than that. ‘Nuff said.
If nothing else, it reminds me of the classic Tom Lehrer line: “It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years.”
That is as far as my brain cells will take me today. I hope to be back in better form later in the week.