"The BELLY ACHE Heard ROUND the WORLD" !
Here is a photo that represented one of the most infamous chapters in the book of Ruth, the life and times of Mister George Herman Ruth. This Vintage 1925 ORIGINAL Photograph issued by American Photo Service depicts the New York Yankees superstar hospitalized with influenza. Original press stamp is on the verso.
During spring training in 1925 concern over Ruth's weight was a major topic of discussion. While playing in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he developed a mild case of influenza, but felt well enough to travel with the team to Asheville, North Carolina. On his arrival at the team hotel he collapsed in front of Yankees main scout Paul Krichell. A local physician attributed the fainting episode to flu, and recommended that Ruth return to New York to rest. News of his illness quickly spread among the sports journalism community. A rumor circulated that he had DIED, prompting British newspapers to print a premature obituary. It became known as "the bellyache heard 'round the world". However, the exact cause of his ailment has never been confirmed and remains a mystery today. Some said it was hot dogs and pop. Others say that it... read more