The Natural

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The Natural

George Herman Ruth, known as “Babe Ruth,” was the first sports celebrity. He was an American Major League baseball player and is one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture. Babe Ruth has also been named the greatest baseball player in history due to his rankings and his home run hitting gift. One of the most famous stories about Babe Ruth includes a home run and a sick child in the hospital in 1926. He learned about an 11-year-old named Johnny Sylvester who has been in the hospital after an accident. The doctors weren’t sure if Johnny was able to live the rest of his life. With Babe Ruth’s charismatic character, he promised the boy a home run. When the next baseball game came he not only hit one home run but he hit three. Johnny heard the news that those home runs were for him; he started to feel better. Babe later then visited Johnny in person.

In an early chapter of The Natural, a player called “the Whammer” who has the characteristics just like Babe Ruth declares his own “called shot” (Page 24). He points his bat toward and then past Roy Hobbs. But in the end Hobbs strikes the Whammer out (Page19). The major league slugger Jim Thome also uses this gesture as a hint for an at-bat. Babe Ruth’s “called shot” was performed at the 1932 World Series. During the at-bat, Ruth starts his pointing gesture that he will hit a home run.

Another symbol of Babe Ruth in The Natural, was his infamous stomach problems. Massive stomach problems cause him in the hospital and to miss the first two months of the 1925 season. He had to undergo stomach surgery because of intestinal problems from too much drinking and eating. In the novel Roy finds out the Gus has ordered food, but he is suspicious that he may have poisoned it but he eats it anyway. Roy eats an enormous amount of food and then goes on for a little walk. When he reaches Memo’s room, she is on her bed and Roy goes to approach her but then his stomach erupts and becomes so sick that he...
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