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Babe's fading legacy

Henderson becomes latest to break a Ruth record

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Posted: Thursday April 26, 2001 2:38 AM

  Babe Ruth's name is slowly disappearing from the record book. AP

By Jacob Luft,

Breaking a record held by Babe Ruth was once considered sacrilegious. Now it is almost passé.

Rickey Henderson became the latest to surpass Ruth by eclipsing his career record for walks Wednesday night. Henderson took a ninth-inning bases on balls from the Phillies' Jose Mesa to notch No. 2,063.

The lone major career record still held by Ruth is his slugging percentage of .690, which is a whopping 56 points higher than the No. 2 man on the list -- Ted Williams.

The Babe still holds two important single-season records as well -- 170 walks in 1923 and an .846 slugging percentage in 1921.

Move Over, Babe
With the exception of slugging percentage, all of Babe Ruth's significant career records have been broken.
Record  Held  Broken By  Currently Held 
HR -- 714  1921-74  H. Aaron  H. Aaron, 755 
RBIs -- 2,213  1932-75  H. Aaron  H. Aaron, 2,297 
K's -- 1,330  1926-64  M. Mantle (1,710)  R. Jackson, 2,597 
BBs -- 2,062  1930-01  R. Henderson  R. Henderson, 2,063 
OBP -- .474  1923-47  T. Williams  T. Williams, .483 
Slg. Pct. -- .690  1923-  NA  Ruth 
At-bats/HR -- 11.76  1923-98  M. McGwire  M. McGwire, 10.6 

Babe's Single-Season Records
Babe Ruth still has a couple of his significant single-season records.
Record  Held  Broken By  Currently Held 
HR -- 60  1927-61  R. Maris (61)  M. McGwire, 70 
RBIs -- 171  1921-27  L. Gehrig (175)  H. Wilson, 191 
BBs -- 170  1923-  NA  Ruth 
Slg. Pct. -- .846  1921-  NA  Ruth 
At-bats/HR -- 8.48  1920-96  M. McGwire (8.13)  M. McGwire, 7.27 

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