ANAHEIM, Calif. - If Shohei Ohtani really does turn out to be the next Babe Ruth, he'll owe a small thank you to Josh Tomlin. Ohtani hit his first homer in the big leagues off Tomlin on Tuesday night as the Angels pounded the Indians, 13-2, at Angel Stadium. Tomlin, in his first start of the season, allowed a career-high four homers in just three innings. It's hard to tell by the final score, but the Indians actually led 2-0 thanks to Jose Ramirez's two-run homer in the first off Garrett Richards. It ended Ramirez's season-opening 0-for-15 slump, but it did not provide near enough cover for Tomlin, who was pitching in his first game since March 25 in spring training. The first inning lasted 38 minutes and featured 69 pitches. Tomlin threw 43 of them as the Angels hit two homers, scored six runs and sent nine men to the plate. Mike Trout started the onslaught with a one-out homer. He came into the game hitting .556 (5-for-9) against Tomlin. Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun … [Read more...] about Angels’ Shohei Ohtani does good impersonation of Babe Ruth in 13-2 win over Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees Lou Gehrig, left, and Babe Ruth study the form of 17-year old Jackie Mitchell, a minor league pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, before an exhibition game on April 2, 1931. (AP Photo) There she stands on the pitching mound. The black-and-white video footage is grainy, but clear enough to see Jackie Mitchell’s hat is tilted just slightly to the right. In front of her, on home plate, stands the familiar figure of Babe Ruth in a number 3 jersey, bat in hand. She winds her left arm and lets the ball fly. He swings. He misses. Listen to this story on “Retropod”: For more forgotten stories from history, subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Amazon Echo | Google Home and more This happens once more. With her next pitch, Ruth pulls the bat toward him, avoiding contact with the ball, but it’s declared a strike. He flings the bat to the ground. Mitchell was 17, one of the first female pitchers with a baseball contract, and on that day, April 2, … [Read more...] about A baseball mystery: Did a teenage girl really strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?
Briefs Published 5:01 pm, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 George M. Weiss Sr. Babe Ruth Registration Registration for the George M. Weiss Senior Babe Ruth League is being held at the Greenwich Town Hall lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday March 27 and 28 from 6 p.m.-8p.m. Those registering must bring a copy of their birth certificate. For the 2018 season, any player born prior to May 1, 2002 and on or after January 1, 1999 will be eligible for Sr. Babe Ruth League competition. … [Read more...] about Senior Babe Ruth registration
Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 10:20 AM EST Shohei Ohtani, known as "Japan's Babe Ruth," will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agent Nez Balelo announced Friday.The 23-year-old is Japan's most feared starting pitcher and it's most prolific hitter. Last year, he won the league's home-run derby and threw its fastest pitch in history."Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball," Balelo said in a statement."While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei's decision, what mattered to him most wasn't market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels," Balelo said. "He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals."The Angels will have to his team, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Shohei Ohtani, “Japan’s Babe Ruth,” to sign with Los Angeles Angels — live updates
Charlie Sheen hasn't portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor was the owner of two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia. Sheen on Monday revealed himself as the owner of Ruth's 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth's sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees, which are part of the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction. The auction ends on Friday. John McEnroe refuses to apologize for Serena Williams comments "While I have greatly enjoyed owning them, I thought now was the right time to sell the Holy Grail of Ruth memorabilia so others can enjoy them," Sheen said in a statement. "It is my hope that whoever buys these will be able to put them on display for the public." Ruth's ring -- for the first of four titles he won with the Yankees -- has the highest price of all the auction's items. It started with an opening bid of $100,000 and was up to $555,991 as of Monday. That season Ruth had one of the greatest years in baseball history, with a .356 batting … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Charlie Sheen auctioning off Babe Ruth World Series ring
Babe Ruth was born 119 years ago Thursday, which is also the last chance to buy one of the most famous pieces of sports history. The baseball up for sale has a history that reads like a fairy tale. In 1926, 11-year-old Johnny Sylvester of New Jersey was seriously injured after a horse kicked him in the head. He had a “very serious condition developed called osteomyelitis, which is the deterioration and infection of the bone,” said Andrew Lilley, Sylvester’s great-nephew and producer of a documentary called “I'll Knock a Homer for You.” Doctors thought Sylvester might not survive and through family connections, word got out to the two World Series Teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. Each team sent Sylvester an autographed baseball, but there was a message from the Yankee great that got all the attention. “When Babe Ruth got the baseball, he promised to knock a homer,” said Lilley. “And he wrote it on the ball.” … [Read more...] about Famous Babe Ruth baseball up for auction
The most captivating story in baseball this offseason involves a player who has yet to take his first swing-or, for that matter, his first pitch-in a Major League game. Shohei Ohtani, a fearsome pitcher AND prodigious hitter in Japan, announced his ambitions to take his dual talents to the Majors. After a fierce recruiting contest among all but a few teams, Ohtani chose to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. The team not only got a young potentially transcendent, two-way star; they got him at a bargain price-a $2.3 million bonus and a salary of barely $550,000-thanks to baseball's international spending rules. As we first reported last April, Ohtani vows to keep pitching and batting. Should he have the durability to pull it off, he'll be the first Major Leaguer to moonlight since a guy named Babe Ruth. We traveled to Japan early this year to meet Ohtani for what was his first interview with an American television network. But we first laid eyes on him in Arizona, where his former … [Read more...] about Japan’s Babe Ruth is headed to the Majors
Shohei Ohtani, the best player in Japan, sees himself in some of the best players in Major League Baseball: Bryce Harper, the slugger, and Clayton Kershaw, the superstar left-handed pitcher. If Ohtani comes to Major League Baseball, he will be something Americans haven’t seen for almost a hundred years: an all-star quality pitcher and hitter in the same player – just like Babe Ruth was. Just don’t compare Ohtani to the Babe; the 22-year-old says that’s a stretch, even for someone who can throw 100 mph and hit humongous homers. Ohtani appears in his first network television interview when he is profiled by Jon Wertheim on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. “I actually do see myself [in Harper and Kershaw],” says the right-handed pitching Ohtani. “And I actually try throwing lefty sometimes…Just thinking about facing him makes me really happy and excited. I could tell he’s such a great pitcher … [Read more...] about Which U.S. players does “Japan’s Babe Ruth” want to go up against?
Shohei Ohtani is on deck to be the first MLBer in a century to figure into a team's starting rotation and its everyday lineup. At 6-foot-4, Ohtani's fastball has reached 102.5 mph for Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters, but he thinks he can improve. If Ohtani comes to the Majors, he wants to face MVP hitter Bryce Harper AND star pitcher Clayton Kershaw. At 22, Ohtani stands to lose millions if he comes to MLB as a foreign player under the age of 25. Now that the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series, what does baseball do for an encore? Here's a story to follow. The most fearsome starting pitcher in Japanese baseball is a 22-year-old named Shohei Ohtani. The most prolific hitter in Japanese baseball is…a 22-year-old named Shohei Ohtani. Last year, he won the league's home-run derby and threw its fastest pitch ever. Already a sensation across the Pacific, Ohtani is largely unknown here. But Japan's two-way mystery man is expected to … [Read more...] about Is Japan’s Babe Ruth headed to the Majors?
CONWAY, N.H. -- A hundred years ago, a legend was born as 19-year-old George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. made his major-league baseball debut, pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He is still the answer when a 10-year-old at the Baseball Hall of Fame is asked to name his idol. But it's a 97-year-old who feels his presence more than anyone. Julia Ruth Stevens is Babe's adopted daughter. She still calls him "Daddy." She says, "I always did. When I think about Daddy. I think about him just being my father, but he really belonged to the world." She still loves talking baseball, but she might have lost a little something off her fastball. "I have thrown out quite a few first pitches. Of course, I don't get it very far anymore," she says laughing. In the ways that really count, she's as sharp as ever. She says she loved going to ballpark with her dad. "I loved goin' to the ballpark and watching Daddy play. Everybody almost held their breath when he came up to bat." To the rest of the world, Babe … [Read more...] about Babe Ruth’s daughter remembers her father’s legacy