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History Lesson: Babe Ruth Goes Out Swingin'

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 30, 2019 12:00:00 PM

74 years ago to the day, on May 30 1935, Babe Ruth struck out, injured his knee, and left the game. He announced his retirement two days later. Kind of a sad note to end one of the most legendary athletic careers.

What should be noted: Five days before his final strikeout, on May 25, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Ruth went 4-for-4, drove in 6 runs and hit 3 home runs against the Pirates. The Babe's final home run cleared the roof at the old Forbes Field—making Ruth the first player to accomplish that feat. 

What can we learn from the Great Bambino's final game strikeout?

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Topics: Babe Ruth, Baseball History

5 Essential Practices Great Hitters Do Every Day

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 30, 2016 12:21:05 PM

Ted Williams once said, "The greatest name in American sports history is Babe Ruth, a hitter." Pretty cool statement coming from the guy who hit over .400 in the Big Leagues.

Among other All-century players, Ted Williams used to talk about hitting the ball so hard and so good that he could smell the burn of how perfectly the ball made contact with the wood of his bat.

Hank Aaron cracked the bat so hard over a row of trailers that bordered the outfield fence that Ted Williams came running out from the clubhouse wanting to know who it was that could make a bat sound that way when it struck a baseball. 

And the legends go on and on. The great hitters of the game must have something in common, and their peers and many young players have studied their swings and approaches for decades. 

We've rallied up a few simple answers from the greats to answer the question: what are some practical ways of hitting the ball harder, faster, and farther? Check out these hitting concepts below.

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Topics: Baseball Coaching, Hitting Drills, Batting drills, Hank Aaron, Baseball hitter, Ted Williams, Batting, Babe Ruth, Hitters