Childhood Heroes


What is it about childhood sports personas? While it may not be as major a thing as it once was, there was a time when card collections cost a lot, and girls and boys spent a lot of money and time setting up them and showing them to friends. But even if that tradition may not be as popular as it once was, sports legends these days are still watched closely and idolized, leaving people amazed of their talents and abilities.

The boys practically worshipped Babe Ruth, and the ball bearing his signature becomes the center of the predicament that the friends face together: trying to get it back from the neighbor’s yard– and the dreaded dog. The movie exhibits this truth: sports heroes inspire their young athlete counterparts, and knowing something about them often lights the fire for those of the next generation.

Babe Ruth once pointed out, “I like to live as big as I can,” and he was figured out to live life to the fullest, doing the things he most enjoyed.

Not much is known about his childhood. He was a rowdy, rough kid, and one gets the sense that he pushed the limits, even then.

At first, he was a pitcher in the game of baseball, but then became considered as a legendary batter. People liked to watch him play! This was perhaps encouraged by the fact that he was friendly and very charismatic. He loved kids and loved making people happy.

His “go big or go home” way of living leaked into other aspects of his life, too. He consumed alcohol like crazy, and could consume large amounts of alcohol without getting wasted or drunk. He also was an outright womanizer, even when he was married, and he had a reputation surrounding both of these things.

His personality was an intriguing duality: he was rugged, crass, and unrefined, but he was also known for his kindness and ability to have a good time. He went out of his way for fans and was generous in what he gave to others.

It was while he was sick with cancer that he entered the Yankee stadium (nicknamed “the house that Ruth built”) for what would be the last time. The date was June 13, 1948, and the event was the 25th anniversary of that arena.

Shortly thereafter, though, he was in the hospital. Even then, at the end, fans would gather outside, hoping for a chance to see him when he would occasionally come to the window. And when he died in August of that same year, his casket was gone back to Yankee stadium, remaining there for two days. Once seemed larger than life in his prime, tens of thousands came for a last look at the man who had.

Even at this time, several decades later, his legacy is still undisputed. He’s still one of the greats in the sport of baseball, a legend for all time. Just like kids in Babe Ruth’s time, children today have sports heroes they idolize. They shoot the basketball and think of they’re the player they most admire in the NBA. They imagine themselves running the winning touchdown of their preferred NFL team. And if they’re on the swim team, they think about watching Michael Phelps take gold after gold after gold in the Olympics.

We get the privilege of taking care of the transportation so that the younger generations can have the same things we once did. If we can help get your team to practice, or get coaches, staff, teammates and gear to an away game, it would be our pleasure!

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