“Life had a way of regularly knocking Babe Ruth down.”

IN 1918, SPANISH FLU STRIKES BABE RUTH — TWICE

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“Life had a way of regularly knocking Babe Ruth down. But he always got back up, and when he did he swung for the fences. And Americans everywhere loved him for it. They saw this unlikely man constantly overcoming adversity despite his humble origins.”

In 1918, two seasons before Babe Ruth joined the Yankees, he was a star player with the Red Sox. That same year he contracted the Spanish flu, not just once, but twice.

In May of 1918, after spending the day at the beach, he went home and his temperature hit 104 degrees. The Red Sox team doctor, treating him with a questionable concoction, only worsened his condition. Ruth was rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, a few days later, he recovered.

In September, the Red Sox had made into the World Series. Boston had become an epicenter for a second wave and would host three of the games, despite warnings from some doctors and officials.

Yet Major League Baseball carried on. Somehow Ruth contracted it again. He may have even played while suffering from it. One source reports that he was so sick during the World Series that he would lie down to rest between innings because of the aches and fever.

Ultimately, Babe Ruth managed to beat it again and helped his team win the World Series.

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