Intentional Walks Have Always Been A Pox

Babe Ruth:

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There's one thing in baseball that always gets my goat and that's the intentional pass.

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It isn't fair to the batter. It isn't fair to his club. It's a raw deal for the fans and it isn't baseball. By "baseball," I mean good square American sportsmanship because baseball represents America in sport. If we get down to unfair advantages in our national game we are putting out a mighty bad advertisement.

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Granted, the Babe probably didn't write a single one of those words; his ghostwriter probably wrote all of them. But those words were correct 90 years ago, and they are correct now. (And for more, check out Playing the Game: My Early Years in Baseball).

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