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Gehrig
11-15-01, 06:42 AM
I'm sure everyone who hears the phrase "Murderers Row" thinks back to the 1927 Yankees. However, "Murderers Row" was coined several years before that amazing team !

Back before the Babe joined the Yankees and Gehrig was still a student at Columbia in 1919, Frank "Home Run" Baker led the Yanks with 10HRs, first bagger Wally Pipp, shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, leftfielder Duffy Lewis each belted 7, and centerfielder Ping Bodie slugged 6 HRs. This deadball era slugging display inspired a cartoon by Robert Ripley of the New York Globe. This cartoon depicted the 5 Yankees' sluggers with the accomanying caption "Murderers Row"

Ripley was also a natural athlete who longed for a career in baseball, but his dreams of pitching in the Big Leagues were shattered when he broke his arm while playing his first professional game...

In 1918, while working as a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe, Ripley created his first collection of odd facts and feats. The cartoons, based on unusual athletic achievements, were submitted under the title "Champs and Chumps." His editor, however, wanted a title that would describe the incredible nature of the sporting feats. After much deliberation, it was changed to Believe It or Not! -- the cartoon was an instant success...

Well how about that...