Why Babe Ruth Never Hit for the Cycle, and Other Hitting for the Cycle Tidbits
Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest player to ever swing a bat. His nicknames include the Bambino, Sultan of Swat, Big Bam, Behemoth of Bust, Colossus of Clout, and Maharajah of Mash. There is an old saying in sabermetrical studies: If you conduct a sabermetrical analysis of the greatest players in history and Babe Ruth does not come out at or near the top, then there’s something wrong with your study.
You get the idea—the Babe was a phenomenal batter. It is less well-known that he was also a great pitcher. Some researchers believe that the Sultan of Swat would have been elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a pitcher. For instance, he never had a losing season. He had a .671 career winning percentage (94–46) and a lifetime earned run average of 2.28, leading the American League in 1916 with a 1.75 mark in 40 starts, including nine shut-outs. He was part of a combined no-hitter with Ernie Shore in 1917. But let’s talk about batting for now.Some content is only viewable by Chance Subscribers