1934 and 1943-44
George Herman "Babe" Ruth,
the Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, was a true sports
legend. He's probably the most famous Baseball player
of all time, still. Few remembered him as the great
pitcher he was early on, since he became the game's
greatest true slugger, the first of the home run
kings. His radio career was essentially special
guest appearances and sports interviews, but there
were actually several shows through the years built
around the Babe. These shows were strictly scripted
from the best of the Babe, since in the Babe's prime,
training was anything but.
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The Adventures of Babe Ruth was produced in 1934 on the Blue Network, with sponsorship
by Quaker Oats, and was the best of the lot. It
told in-depth, fully dramatized episodes from the
Babe's career, so there was a sense of the real
man there in the dugout and on the field.Of course, the Babe didn't say all
that much on these shows, but he was really a shy
guy at heart, and only learned through trial and
error how to handle the white-hot glare of the news
flashbulb and microphones of old time sports reporters
and radio. He knew millions of kids hung on his
every word, so he sometimes choked on the screwball
line, but he was a guy paid to hit a baseball
out of the park, not field a question.
See also the Baseball Collection, Baseball
and Sports Broadcasts and Dizzy
Dean for much more real sports on old time
radio. For great sports reporting, see Grandland Rice and Bill Stern Sportsreel.