Ruth Regains HR Title, Move Over Barry Bonds

Ruth Regains HR Title, Move Over Barry Bonds

By Joe Guzzardi

Major League Baseball has a new home run champion, and his name has been familiar to fans for more than a century: Babe Ruth. Forget about Barry Bonds, his 73 homers in 2001, and his career 762 round-trippers. Likewise, disremember Hank Aaron with his 755 career blasts. The new champion in both individual season and career categories is Ruth, the Big Bam.

In his 2007 book titled “The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs,” author Bill Jenkinson takes the reader through Ruth’s 1921 season when he hit a then-record 59 homers and sweetened the pot for Yankees’ manager Miller Huggins by hitting .378, and knocking in 168 runners. For good measure, Ruth’s on base percentage was .512; he slugged .846, racked up 457 total bases, scored 177 runs, and rang up 119 extra-base hits. Ruth’s plate production helped the Yankees win 98 games and finish in first place, 4-1/2 ahead of the Cleveland Indians.

Jenkinson made clear that his book isn’t a Ruth biography – dozens of those are available – but rather a recap of the slugger’s fearsome power, and how he dominated baseball during the 20th century’s early decades. The conclusion: in modern, smaller ballparks, with games played under different rules, more comfortable travel modes – specifically charter planes instead of rickety railroad cars – air-conditioned hotel rooms and the constant availability of skilled trainers, Ruth would have hit 104 home runs in 1921, 90 in some other seasons, and over 60 many times. In all, Ruth would have hit well over a thousand home runs in his career, Jenkinson’s research found, and obliterated Bonds’ record.

Ruth Regains HR Title, Move Over Barry Bonds

Fastidiously, Jenkinson listed every home run Ruth hit with estimated distance for each. Although the official record for the longest home run belongs to Mickey Mantle, 565 feet in Griffith Stadium in 1960, Jenkinson found that several Ruth blasts, when they finally came to rest, soared between 600 and 650 feet from home plate. As one Associated Press account recalled: “The ball cleared the right field fence 400 feet from the plate by more than 40 feet and was still ascending. The ball landed on the far side of the running track of a high school athletic field in Kirby Park [PA]. Officials estimated the length at 650 feet.”

No matter how many long-ago seasons are parsed or what analytical methods are relied upon to calculate who reigns as baseball’s most powerful and productive hitter, Ruth comes out on top. If he doesn’t, then the data was entered incorrectly or incompletely.

For those who may still doubt Ruth’s Ruthian batting greatness, consider these five comparisons to other baseball giants. First, for nine separate seasons, Ruth slugged .700 or better, more than Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ted Williams and Stan Musial combined. Second, if Ruth came back from the dead, returned to baseball and struck out 3,187 straight times, he would still have a .500 slugging percentage, higher than Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. Third, if resurrected again, Ruth would have to go 0-for-1,147 for his slugging percentage to drop below Bonds’ .6069. Fourth, Ruth stole home plate ten times more than Lou Brock, Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson who, combined, had nine. Fifth and finally, Ruth had three qualifying seasons in which his slash line – batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage – was .375/.500/.750; no other MLB player in history has had at least one such season.

Before baseball writers anoint Shohei Ohtani the next Ruth, consider that the American League’s 2021 Most Valuable Player’s best slash line came in 2018: .285/.361/.564. Dismantling Ruth from his well-deserved titled of baseball’s king will be impossible.

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member. Contact him at

Ruth Regains HR Title, Move Over Barry Bonds

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Southwest Ranchers Under Siege On The Border

Southwest Ranchers Under Siege On The Border

By Joe Guzzardi

Last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety said that its elite brush team apprehended 54 illegal immigrants attempting to sneak through private ranches after crossing illegally into Maverick County, Texas. Among those apprehended was a Mexican national who started a fire on a ranch and will be charged with trespassing and arson.

Earlier in the year, the same brush team assigned to Operation Lone Star arrested 33 aliens trespassing on ranchers’ personal property near the border. In all, Operation Lone Star has arrested 2,600 aliens on statecriminal trespass charges. The arresting body is a Texas state agency, not Customs and Border Protection which might have been, because of the Biden administration’s soft-on-illegal-aliens policy, conflicted about what to do next after confronting criminals.

Years ago, I heard first hand from Arizona ranchers how little interest the federal government had in protecting them, their property and their families. On Sept. 10, 2001, 9/11 eve, NumbersUSA Executive Director Roy Beck and I traveled to Tucson. Roy was scheduled to give a speech, after which a retired CBP agent would guide us on a personal border tour along a portion of the 262-mile sector. The following day, 9/11, we had a prearranged meeting with ranching families and other concerned citizens. Despite the day’s tragic events, the ranchers, knowing that illegal immigration would be the focal point of Roy’s talk, nevertheless wanted to convene.

During the informal chat period that followed, a rancher I’ll call Jones came up to me to share his story about then-Sen. John McCain, a Republican and prominent supporter of illegal immigrants and their agenda. Jones told me that after years of mailing handwritten letters to McCain asking for federal intervention to protect his land and family, but never getting more than a form response, he decided to fly to Washington to personally meet the senator. On his first day, McCain’s secretary advised Jones that the senator was too busy to see him. On the second day, Jones met with the staffer who dealt with immigration. Jones promised that he’d return the following day, and pressed for one-on-one time with McCain. By the week’s end, Jones gave up, never having seen McCain. The senator knew Jones had valid grievances, but he didn’t want to hear them.

Looking back with the perspective I’ve gained from Biden’s disregard for citizens’ personal safety during his assumption of the presidency, showing a shocking neglect toward the unconstitutional border invasion, McCain’s insulting, dismissive attitude toward Jones isn’t surprising. Americans dismayed by Biden’s contempt for immigration laws, and the well-being that many of those laws provide, should brace for more lawlessness and chaos ahead.

The Progressive Congressional Caucus, chaired by Washington U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, recently issued its want list, what it called “Recommendations for Executive Action,” on immigration. In part, the list includes expanding or redesignating Temporary Protected Status to foreign nationals from Afghanistan, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen. At least 5 million illegal aliens from Mexico are estimated to live in the U.S. TPS, quasi amnesty, includes affirmative benefits which harm working or job-seeking U.S. citizens. TPS includes lifetime valid work authorization.

Southwest Ranchers Under Siege

Also on the progressives’ list is a demand to end COVID-related Title 42, which will create a greater-than-ever border surge. An anonymous but knowledgeable source wrote: “U.S. intelligence officials are privately bracing for a massive influx of more than 170,000 migrants at the Mexico border if COVID-era policies that allow instant expulsions during the public health emergency are ended.”

A third progressive insistence is to “raise wages and improve labor safeguards and protections so that employers can no longer use the H-2B visa program to underpay and exploit migrant workers, and U.S. workers.” A better idea is to end H-2B altogether which would truly help U.S. workers. The program has a long, documented history of American worker displacement, wage theft and other abuses.

Looking back at McCain on immigration, and then comparing him to Biden, the former Navy captain looks pretty good, a conclusion I would have thought impossible to arrive at a few years ago. McCain favored mandatory E-Verify, defunding sanctuary cities, and funding entry/exit systems, all inconceivable to Biden. But “a few years ago” was before Biden, the president who has criminally scorned immigration laws in their totality since Day One.

PFIR analyst Joe Guzzardi writes about immigration issues and impacts. Contact him at and

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Powerful Pennsylvania Republicans Being Primaried

Powerful Pennsylvania Republicans Being Primaried — Powerful Pennsylvania incumbents have Republican Primary challengers, May 17, and we are pushing for the challengers.

Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler is facing Anne Weston, a chiropractic assistant from Quarryville, in the 100th Legislative District; John Lawrence, who is seeking his seventh term in the 13th Legislative District is facing Carmela Ciliberti, an attorney and regulatory compliance manager; and Senate Republican Caucus Secretary Ryan Aument is facing Mike Miller, a business owner and investment advisor, in the 36th Senatorial District.

The incumbents mouth the “conservative” platitudes they’ve been mouthing since starting their long careers but are far more interested in their power, per diems and pay than having what they claim to be their wants turn into reality.

Ms. Ciliberti boldly calls out Lawrence for this. (See screen shot.)

And they have been silent regarding the big elephant in the room that is election integrity.

Yes, the Senate attempted to audit the Dominion machines in Fulton County but it has been crickets since the state Supreme Court shot it down last week in a baldly partisan ruling.

“Well I guess that’s it then,” you can almost hear them doofusing.

Free clue: When the other side stops playing by the rules, the rules don’t exist.

Where are the outraged press conferences? Where are the angry speeches on the floors of the House and Senate?

Hey, how can you be angry when you are collecting $95G for what is basically a part-time job? Believe it or not, they have it set up so they don’t have to vote to get a raise.

Where are the brave and wise solons demanding that our voting machines and affiliated software be considered public property, and that certified ballot counting observers never be kept from observing counting?

They certainly aren’t in Harrisburg.

Vote for the new kids.

Carmela Ciliberti’s charges against John Lawrence. Click to expand
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Cancelling Disagreeable Speech Is Anti Speech

Cancelling Disagreeable Speech Is Anti Speech

By Bob Small

Article 1 of the Bill of Rights,  often misquoted, states “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peacefully to assemble”. 

This is not an agreement by the rest of us, though it should be, whether for DT, or GLBT, or RT, etc

On March 10,  there was a to be a bipartisan panel on civil liberties, hosted by the Yale Federalist Society, featuring Monica Miller, of the progressive AHS ( American Humanist Society) , which supports the rights of atheists and  battled with the American Legion, etc.) and Kristen Waggoner of the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom).  ADF is pro-Life, pro-marriage, pro freedom of religion (at least for Christians) and are seen by some as being anti-GLBT, etc.Though the event did proceed to the end, there were some eventus interruptus.

FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), which has a Conservative bent, feels that, essentially, the forum was prevented from happening, in it’s intended format.

Cancelling Disagreeable Speech Is Anti Speech

Fire notes that forcing the cancellation of speech you disagree with isn’t free speech.

David Lat, from Original Jurisdiction, has a more nuanced view.  “The protesters were disruptive at the start of the event, both inside the classroom and after they repaired to the hallway . . .they did calm down (eventually) and they did not succeed in canceling the Yale event, which moved forward to completion.” 

He later amends this to indicate there was a level of “disruption”.

Is free speech in American Law Schools a lost Cause?

John Sexton in Hot Air seems to try and take both sides.

Mark Joseph Stern of Slate Magazine feels that the Washington Free Beacon article by Aaron Sibarium regarding Judge Laurence Silberman’s desire for judges to blacklist all participants in the disruption overstates the case.

Lastly, I’ll mention  Angus Johnston of Left Wing Rolling Stone and his 2015 article There’s No College P.C. Crisis: In Defense of Student Protesters

Johnston quotes Frederick Douglas saying “sometimes,  it is not light that is not needed, but fire”.

A couple thoughts on this.  Why would YLS members prevent people from hearing Monica Miller?!  If you use Duck Duck Go and type in free speech at Yale and in defense of Yale student protest,  you will get various opinions. including crooks and,, Washington Post, and Lastly thanks to Scott from Vermont for the Fire article which began the search.

Cancelling Disagreeable Speech Is Anti Speech

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Pervs Druggies In Congress, And That Doesn’t Include The D’s

Pervs Druggies In Congress, And That Doesn’t Include The D’s — Madison Cawthorn, the 26 year old who represents North Carolina’s 11th District in Congress, confirmed in an interview with Warrior Poet Society podcast host John Lovell what many of us already believed, namely that we made really, really bad choices in picking who should write our laws.

In the Congressman’s words:

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The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington, I mean being kind of a young guy in Washington with the average age of probably 60 or 70 and I look at all these people, a lot of them that I, you know, looked up to through my life. I’ve always paid attention to politics, that you know, then all of a sudden you get invited to like well, hey, we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come. And I’m like ‘what did you just ask me to come to?’ And then you realize they are asking you to come to an orgy.

Or the fact that you know, there’s some of the people that are leading on the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them doing a key bump of cocaine right in front of you and it’s like wow this is wild.”

Remember Cawthorn is talking about Republicans here.

And you wonder why the sexual mutilation of children is defended. And you wonder why the wall is not built to stop fentanyl smuggling and child trafficking.

Everybody has to get involved, especially those who don’t want to. Bribes, blackmail and bullying are a real thing. Assume the worst about office holders. This includes the ladies too. If they aren’t practitioners, they are enablers.

Here is the snippit from Cawthorn’s interview.

Hat tip Tracy Beanz

Pervs Druggies In Congress, And That Doesn’t Include The D’s

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