The Bellyache Heard Round the World



Y/M/D Description Place
1925/02/06 Since about his 30th birthday, Babe Ruth begins not feeling well. There are reports that he ate and drink to excess after the end of the 1924 season, when his weight had ballooned to 255 lbs.
1925/02/15 Yankee business manager (de facto general manager), Ed Barrow, sends Babe Ruth to Hot Springs, Arkansas to lose weight and shape up through a program of exercise and steam baths. Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
1925/03/00 Babe Ruth contracts what seems to be the Influenza just before reporting to spring training in St Petersburg, Florida.
1925/03/30 Yankees breaking spring training in Florida and head north by train. Over the next 2 weeks, the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers have scheduled a series of exhibition games in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Asheville prior to Opening Day on April 14.
1925/04/00 On the way to Atlanta, Ruth complains of chills and high fever. In Chattanooga, Ruth hits two home runs after claiming to be too sick to take batting practice. After hitting another home run in Knoxville, Ruth experiences stomach cramps with a high fever.
1925/04/03 On the train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains, several Yankee players report nauseous on the trip.
1925/04/04 Ruth staggers off the train and collapses in front of a large crowd at the station on Depot Ave (lost) in Asheville, NC. Teammate Steve O'Neill catches Ruth, there by avoiding serious injured had he fallen onto the station's marble floor.
1925/04/04 Unconscious, Babe Ruth is taken by taxi to the Battery Park Hotel, where he stays overnight. Battery Park Hotel, Asheville
1925/04/05 New York sportswriter, William O'Connell McGeehan of the New York Herald Tribune, opines that Ruth's ailment is caused by a "hot dogs and soda binge".
1925/04/05 The Yankees send Babe Ruth on to New York along with scout Paul Krichell the next afternoon. Rumors circulate about his condition, including reports that he died.
1925/04/09 George H Ruth has surgery for an intestinal abscess at New Yorks St Vincents Hospital on W 11th St. He wound stayed in the hospital until May 25.
1925/06/01 The Bambino returns to playing baseball for the Yankees.

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