Baseball Cards

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Baseball cards of various types are a fun way of linking sports and statistics. Traditionally, they contain all sorts of statistics on the player and their abilities in their sport.

Babe Ruth Baseball Card

This baseball card for George Herman (Babe) Ruth was found in Big League Chewing Gum packages in the 1930s.  Babe Ruth was considered one of the toughest baseball players of all time. On the back of this card it said, “You can fool him on a certain ball once, but the next time he get it, he’s apt to knock it out of the park.” Babe was a left-handed hitter who held an amazing number of records in baseball.  According to Wikipedia, “At the time of his retirement, Ruth held many of baseball’s most esteemed records, including the career records for home runs (714 — since broken), slugging percentage (0.690), runs batted in (2,213 — since broken), bases on balls (2,062 — since broken) and on-base plus slugging (1.164).”

To learn more about Babe Ruth, visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Walter Johnson WA Senators, Baseball Portrait Card – Statistics Side

Walter Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators. His nickname was the Big Train (a reference to trains being the fastest vehicles of the day). According to the the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “Johnson finished his career with a record of 417-279 and a 2.17 ERA. His 3,509 strikeouts were the big league standard for more than 50 years.  Johnson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936.”

Career statistics for Walter Johnson from the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Interesting Crossover Fact

Walter Johnson‘s final major league appearance was as a pinch-hitter in the game where Babe Ruth hit his record-breaking 60th home run of the season on September 30, 1927/