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FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: Curtiss Candy Company's famous Baby Ruth candy bar is widely believed to have been named after Babe Ruth. Curtiss denies the claim, but historians cite it as the first use of "ambush marketing" in sports.
  • Fact 2: A popular tactic for Japanese soldiers during WWII involved yelling "to hell with Babe Ruth" across the battlefield in hopes of angering American troops.
  • Fact 3: The most valuable piece of Ruth memorabilia was the bat he used to hit his first Yankee Stadium home run in 1923. The bat sold for $1.26 million in 2004.
  • Fact 4: The 1919 contract between Boston and New York trading Ruth (and kicking off the "Curse of the Bambino") sold at auction for $996,000 in 2005.
  • Fact 5: Babe Ruth's hitting prowess highlighted many flawed rules in the game, prompting several official changes including end-game scoring and fair/foul hit calling.

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