Today's the birthday of Babe Ruth.
Once the idol of American youth.
Our love of baseball grew to a passion
When he propelled the home run into fashion.
"The fascination with his life and career continues. He is a bombastic, sloppy hero from our bombastic, sloppy history, origins undetermined, a folk tale of American success. His moon face is as recognizable today as it was when he stared out at Tom Zachary on a certain September afternoon in 1927. If sport has become the national religion, Babe Ruth is the patron saint. He stands at the heart of the game he played, the promise of a warm summer night, a bag of peanuts, and a beer. And just maybe, the longest ball hit out of the park." [Leigh Montville in "the Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth"]