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Ruth's last days in baseball

Here's an interesting account from Richard Sandomir in the New York Times. Ruth's last hit was his 714th homer, on a day that he hit three. But he was in serious decline, and his career would end in a week. Barry Bonds may be approaching a similar point, which in some ways is too bad. I for one would like to see him swat fifty big flies while being tested, which would go some way to putting the steroid controversy to rest. (Yes, I buy Art Devany's argument in "Steroids, Home Runs, and The Laws of Genius (pdf here).)