[Ads-l] Babe Ruth Quote (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Nov 11 13:15:54 UTC 2014


Were there footnotes or sources for the quote?


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11/29/1947 _Jamestown [NY] Post-Journal_ p. 13 col 2=0A=
"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." "=0A=
[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=
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>From page 139 of Babe Ruth by Tom Meany (NY: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1947)=
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....Those writers who were closest to Ruth attempted to convince the slugge=
r that this was no time to hold out, with millions unemployed and thousands=
 on the point of actual starvation. how much did Babe want, anyway?=0A=
"Just what I've been getting for the last two seasons," explained Ruth with=
 what he thought was a great show of patience, "$80,000."=0A=
"$80,000 a year! In these times!" expostulated one of the writers. "Don't b=
e silly , Babe. Why that's more than Hoover gets for being president of the=
 United States."=0A=
"What the hell has Hoover got to do with this?" demanded the Babe. "Anyway,=
 I had a better year than he did."....=0A=
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