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Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery...



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April 18, 1925

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 18, 1925

* Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery ?
* New York Yankees - MLB baseball


The top of page 10 has a two column heading: "Babe Ruth Is Resting Well After Operation; Will Be Out of Game Two More Weeks" (see) Coverage on the famous surgery for reasons not officially known at the start of the 1925 baseball season. Nice to have in this title.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 32 pages, irregular along the spine, light toning, generally in good condition.

wikipedia notes: During spring training in 1925, Ruth fell ill, and returned to New York for what was reported as stomach surgery. Ruth's ailment was dubbed "the bellyache heard round the world," when one writer wrote that Ruth's illness was caused binging on hot dogs and soda pop before a game. Actually this was nothing new, as the gluttonous Ruth frequently binged on food before games. Venereal disease and alcoholic poisoning (caused by tainted liquor, a major health problem during Prohibition) have also been speculated to be the causes of his illness. However, the exact nature of his ailment has never been confirmed and the exact nature of Ruth's illness remains a mystery. Playing just 98 games, Ruth had what would be his worst season as a Yankee as he finished the season with a .290 average and 25 home runs. The Yankees team finished next to last in the American League with a 69-85 mark. It would be 40 years before a Yankees team would again experience such a poor season.

Category: The 20th Century

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