Tuesday, November 02, 2010
TCM airs "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948) during Fall Classic
The movie plays on his influence on others, such as the kid who walks for the first time. Early, it makes a lot of his overeating; it’s unusual for such a great athlete to have his pot belly. There’s a line where he takes a pot shot at cigarette smoking, surprising for a 1948 film. The movie has a few great shots of the old ballparks, particularly a game at the old Yankee Stadium (“The House that Ruth Built”, but not since 1974) recreating a season ending game with the Washington Senators (who actually were good in the 1920s) where he hits #60 on a 3-0 count. The movie takes some liberties with fact, such as his “resignation”, and it premiered just before he died in 1948 of an unusual throat cancer when he had agreed to try a new (for the time) chemotherapy for the benefit of others. Medically, chemotherapy would not become commonplace until the early 1960s.
Since San Francisco Giants’s Cy Young award and World Series pitching hero Tim Lincecum is slender and much cuter than Babe Ruth, I’ll give a YouTube of Tim and a high school friend playing in “Wicked”.