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Old 10-11-2019, 08:10 AM
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Default Ruth's 1925 Bellyache

It's now common knowledge of course that Ruth famous bellyache was not caused by eating too many hot dogs, but probably a venereal disease or maybe alcohol poisoning of some type. Has anyone gone back and confirmed this through medical records? I know people have gotten access to Gehrig's medicals and poured over them in recent years. Is there any objective evidence one way or another as to what Ruth actually had wrong medically?
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:08 AM
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I haven't read this yet, but it seems as good a place as any to find the answer:
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:06 AM
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Whatever was the cause of Babe Ruth's "bellyache" is unknown....however, it was a "blessing in disguise".

Too, too many stories about the Babe not taking care of his physique. Not really so. In 1925, Ruth was out of shape, his weight peaked up to 245 lbs,
and his "less than Ruthian" performance that year reflected this (his BA fell below .300).

The Babe was determined to get back into shape. So, during the Winter of 1925 he started a rigorous physical training regime at a New York City gym.
And, every Winter there-after, Ruth continued this fitness program. By the start of the 1926 season, Ruth's weight was down to 205 lbs.
His fitness program paid 1926, Ruth batted .372, 47 HR's, and 153 RBI's.

In fact, if you compare Ruth's performance from 1926 - 1932, you will see that he out-performed his younger years. Check-out his stats, do the math.
And, you will realize what I am saying is true.


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Thanks both for the info. Just seems to me that this is an issue that should have been resolved by now. Of course the world does have a few more pressing problems.
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