Monday, April 06, 2009
How Many Home Runs Would Babe Ruth Have Hit If Baseball Had Been Integrated In His Era?
To see the answer click here. And yes, economics is involved! In case you don't know, before 1947, all major league baseball players were white (there had been a few native Americans and light skinned hispanics, but not many). Ruth held the career HR record with 714 until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974. But since Ruth never had to face pretty much anything but white guys, there must have been some good pitchers he did not have to face. Had he faced more good pitchers, perhaps he would have hit fewer HRs. How many fewer is what I discuss at the above link.