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Babe Ruth Deal announced

Babe Ruth Deal announced

Yankees Buy Ruth

Babe Ruth Deal announced

The secret deal made on December 26 to sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 (twice the amount ever paid previously for a player) is announced publicly. Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee also secures a $350,000 loan from the Yankees as part of the deal.

From his biography:

The trade of Ruth:

Fast-becoming baseball's most popular and recognizable figure, Ruth demanded to be paid as such.  However, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, a theatrical producer who was deep in debt, refused to meet his disgruntled outfielder's demands.  More concerned with financing a Broadway show called No, No, Nanette, Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 in December of 1919, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ruth compiled astounding numbers his first year in New York, batting .376 and leading the American League with 54 home runs, 137 runs batted in, 158 runs scored, a .530 on-base percentage, and an .847 slugging percentage.  The Babe's level of dominance was so great that his 54 home runs were almost three times as many as the 19 homers league-runnerup George Sisler hit for the St. Louis Browns.  In fact, the rest of the American League combined to hit only 315 long balls.  Ruth's .847 slugging percentage was also 215 points higher than the mark of .632 posted by Sisler, who finished second in that category as well.  The Yankees improved their win total from 80 the previous season to 95 in 1920, and they finished just three games behind the pennant-winning Cleveland Indians.

Read his full bio!

 

By The Baseball Page
Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012

 

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