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Here’s a great clip from the 1928 film, “Speedy,” featuring George Herman Ruth. I’d like to call myself a movie buff, but I’m ashamed to say I never heard of this film before.

IMDB’s plot summary for the film:

“Speedy” loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl’s grandfather) out of business, “Speedy” organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme.

If you pay close attention, you can see Lou Gehrig walking as Ruth get sout of the cab.

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Babe Ruth is one of the greatest sports figures of all-time. He was the greatest player to ever step on a baseball diamond, changing the game itself. He played on some of the greatest baseball teams of all-time, had a larger-than-life personality, lived a reckless life and was a very charitable man. I guess you could say that he was made for the movies.

So, this brings up the question: Why hasn’t a really good Babe Ruth movie been made yet?

Two of the more well-known films about Ruth were The Babe with John Goodman and The Babe Ruth Story with William Bendix. You would think that a film featuring the greatest baseball player who ever lived would be popular, but they weren’t very memorable.

Ruth has been portrayed in exactly 30 films (The Sandlot, 61*, etc.), and the first seven were played by Babe himself. Don’t you think it’s time for someone to make another movie about his life? I think so. Who would you cast to play “The Great Bambino”?

On another note….how about a Steinbrenner film?

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