Going Back Where They Came From I

In baseball, many players go back where there came from to finish their careers.  Older fans came reminisce  about how good the players were. Younger fans learn from the parents.  The ball clubs obviously do this to draw more fans.  In some cases, though, the players should have retired and made themselves look foolish.

Keep this in mind.  The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953, leaving that city with only the Red Sox. No other ball club has expressed a wish to make Boston a two team city again.  The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966.  After one year, 1969, as the Seattle Pilots, this team moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers in 1970.   The New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to the West Coast in 1958.   The New York Mets began as an expansion team in 1962. 

Ruth and Aaron went to the other league. 

Babe Ruth for five years was a great pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.  Ruth had a record of 94-54, an earned run average of 2.28,  and two years of 20+wins.   Ruth pitched for  29 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series.  Whitey Ford broke this record in 1961.  The New York Yankees traded for Babe Ruth in  1920 and converted him to an outfielder. The legend began.  In 1934, Babe Ruth was still good for most players;  but for  him, it  showed a drop in production.  HRs 22 RBIs 84 BA .288.  The Yankees traded him to the Boston Braves in 1935.  Ruth played just 28 games for the Braves.  He went 13 for 72 with six home runs, 13 RBIs and a batting average of .181.

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1974 was the year Hank Aaron for the Atlanta Braves broke Babe Ruth’s  record of 714 lifetime home runs.  His play went downward that year and the Braves traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers the next year.

1974-HRs 20, RBIs 69 BA .268.  In his two years with the Brewers, Hank Arron record again showed his age.  HR 22 RBIs 95 BA .232.

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In 1971, Willie Mays hit 18 HRs, had 61 RBIs, and BA of .271 in San Francisco.   This was a sharp decline and the Giants traded him to the New York Mets.  In the two years back in New York, Mays hit 14 HRs,  had 44 RBIs and a BA of .238. 

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