You Know It’s You, Babe

Corbis-Bettmann, The Century

During the Roaring 20’s, no ball player beat the popularity of George Herman Ruth, Jr. Born in 1895 in the Pigtown section of Baltimore, Maryland, he reached his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. That’s Babe in the boater hat.

And in case you need a refresher course on hats from 100 years ago, here ye be:


Note that there is a porkpie hat, and this post is about Babe (also a pig’s name), who was born in the Pigtown section. And also he was a bit of a porker.

Women of all ages adored him as well.

Especially those in flapper hats.


He had many nicknames during his all-star years:

And he never forgot his fans.

16 thoughts on “You Know It’s You, Babe”

  1. I confess to not knowing much about Babe Ruth because I really don’t give a fig about sport let alone sporting history. However, I seem to remember that he had a rough start in life which makes me wonder how strange it was to him to go from that beginning to being such a massive celebrity getting stalked by crowds.

    As for the hats, I always wished I could pull off a good cloche hat but nothing about my build or even head works for any flapper look. I was always more of a trilby or fedora person.

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    1. I feel you on both counts. I don’t give a fig about sports either. I just like the image of Babe in a crowd like that. I did read where he was teased when he was young for his looks. And I also wish I looked good in a hat! A few years ago, I bought a cloche hat that I thought I could wear in real life with a dress or at Easter, but no–I look silly. It stinks because my dad wears all kinds of hats and looks amazing, but he’s about 140 lbs, so maybe that’s the trick. In any event, the cloche hat sits on top of my floral hat boxes on my dresses, just mocking me each day.

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      1. My hat issue has always been that I have head with a large circumference which mostly restricts me to men’s hats and I also have a massive forehead (we call it a fivehead). A cloche hat on me made me look like I was wearing a felt swim cap.

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      2. LOL, Laura! I’m sorry about your fivehead. I will say that the fit is very SNUG, which means my curls just shoot out from under it, devil may care, instead of smooth, classy, straight hair. When I was young, elders said I had a “high forehead,” which meant I was wise, but really, it’s just more room for furrows. Did you ever do bangs?

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      3. I tried bangs (what we call a fringe in Britain) and it was awful. The hair just didn’t sit nicely at all. I also had to endure the experience of my Gran trying to trim my fringe, cutting it squint, and then trying to straighten it out by cutting it squint from the other direction so that I ended up with an Eddie Munster V in the middle of my forehead. Ugh. So that had to be trimmed and I just had this row of spikes along my hairline.

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  2. I guess it’s my background but I read the Babe nickname “Mammoth of Maul” as “Mammoth of Maui” and I admit I was cornfused. I do love the old town nicknames like “Pigtown”, who would ever name a neighborhood that today? For the record I was born in a Philadelphia neighborhood called “Nicetown” which was in-between “Fishtown” and “Germantown”. Truth.

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    1. Shut. Up. Nicetown, Fishtown, and Germantown? Wow. I guess if there’s a Chinatown, there can be a Germantown. But people would be up in arms if there was a Mexicantown. Offensive!! Well, your hometown trumps the Hairy Man Road we have around here. But if we could get a new Pigtown, Houston would definitely be in the running. Oink oink. And I can definitely see how your eyes are still set to the mahala’aluaiiiaaaeei’ setting of the island.


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