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Banzai Babe Ruth: The Yankees Great Believed That He Had Prevented World War II

wasn't arrogance and it wasn't ego, although Babe Ruth could be arrogant and he certainly had a tremendous ego. No, it was naïveté.

Ruth was convinced that his visit to Japan during the fall of 1934 had sealed the friendship between the Japanese and the Americans enough to forestall any war between them.

When the Japanese attacked the United States on Dec. 7, 1941, Ruth was in his apartment on Riverside Drive. He was absolutely furious.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was more than an attack on America. It was an attack on Babe Ruth. It was a personal betrayal.

Ruth stormed into the living room where there were souvenirs of the Japan trip. He opened the window that looked down on Riverside Drive, grabbed a vase and ...

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