Stretching purple prose to the limit, Ruth was finally crowned as "The Sultan of Swat
," with its suggestion of royalty and imperial India.
bABE RUTH The Sultan of Swat
came down regularly in the '20s and '30s.
He has become the pocket-sized Sultan of Swat
, hitting two homers and a bases-loaded double over a three at-bat span going back to Sunday's win.
Listeners will learn about the early professional teams; the growth of the major leagues; the Negro leagues; the Black Sox scandal; the end of discrimination in professional baseball, with a tribute to Jackie Robinson; and, of course, the Sultan of Swat
, the Bambino, the Babe, George Herman Ruth.
Just as Babe Ruth appeared on the verge of becoming one of baseball's truly great pitchers, he became The Sultan of Swat
It was a time of hyperbole and alliteration, of references to Greek heroes, of nicknames like the Iron Horse, the Sultan of Swat
, the Manassa Mauler, Big Red.
More than a dozen stars of show business, sports, and the arts are on tap, waiting the call to dive in among the suds, including the Three Stooges, the Blues Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and Mae West for comic relief; soul singer James Brown; cartoon character Betty Boop; TV's the Lone Ranger; the Sultan of Swat
, Babe Ruth; Will Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and Mona Lisa for more-cultural types; and even Santa for a Christmas treat.