[Ads-l] Babe Ruth Quote (UNCLASSIFIED)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 10 19:33:30 UTC 2014


I'll get hold of a copy of the Meany book and check it.  Thanks to Bill and Garson and others for their help.

Fred Shapiro



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Great citation, Bill. Thanks for locating and sharing it. Interesting
possible connection to Meany's book. Worldcat has this listing:

Title: Babe Ruth; the big moments of the big fellow.
Author: Tom Meany
Publisher: New York, A.S. Barnes [1947]

Google Books has the book but a search for "Hoover" shows no match. Of
course, there may be an OCR problem or some corruption of the
database.

http://books.google.com/books?id=0opLAAAAYAAJ&

Garson


Garson

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
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>> Can anyone shed any light on the origins of Babe Ruth's attributed
>> quote about "I had a better year than he did"?  It is curious that
>> there seems to be no pre-1947 evidence for it, although it is said to
>> have been uttered long before that.  Barry Popik has written about
>> this on barrypopik.com and didn't find anything pre-1948.  I haven't
>> searched the Sporting News on paperofrecord.com because I don't have
>> a subscription. Fred Shapiro
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> Robert Creamer's 1974 biography calls the quote "apocryphal".
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> 11/29/1947 _Jamestown [NY] Post-Journal_ p. 13 col 2
> "Finally he earned $80,000, more than the President of the United States. W=
> hen a cut was proposed in 1932, and that comparison was made, he said, "Wha=
> t the hell has Hoover got to do with this Anyway, I had a better year than =
> he did." "=20
> [From a review of Tom Meany's new book, _Babe Ruth_.  So I'd suspect Meany =
> was the origin of the quote.  He was a NYC sportswriter who had covered Rut=
> h, so the quote may be accurate.  Or maybe not.  As Wilson says, youneverkn=
> ow]
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> And is paperofrecord still a thing?  Does _anyone_ subscribe to it?
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