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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 22, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Police: Wedding ring pawned to pay hooker ... Man charged with falsely claiming tortoise ... Stroller used in LensCrafters burglary ... Petition to get 'Duke' off ballot rejected ... Watercooler stories from UPI.

Petition to get 'Duke' off ballot rejected

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., April 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge rejected a petition to have a county sheriff removed from an election ballot for including his nickname, "Duke."

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
By United Press International

Hall of Fame names 3 early-era inductees

NASHVILLE, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Jacob Ruppert, New York Yankees owner in the early 20th century, is among three men selected for induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame by a special committee.

Understatement of the Week: Tallahassee

Understatement of the week:
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
MLB: San Francisco 8, Detroit 3

MLB: San Francisco 8, Detroit 3

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Pablo Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game Wednesday, sending San Francisco to an opening 8-3 win over Detroit.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.
By United Press International

Watercooler Stories

Peacock spotted near doctor's office ... Babe Ruth autograph donated to library ... 1933 letter finds way to rightful owners ... Rare penny sells for $1 million ... Watercooler stories from UPI.

Babe Ruth autograph donated to library

CLERMONT, Fla., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida library said a Babe Ruth-autographed postcard discovered by volunteers sorting through donations appears to be authentic.

Pitcher who once struck out Ruth dies

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Olney Ray "Lefty" Freeman, a southpaw college pitcher from North Carolina who boasted of once striking out Babe Ruth, has died. He was 98.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.
By United Press International
Clemente bat sells for $41,825

Clemente bat sells for $41,825

BALTIMORE, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A baseball bat used by Roberto Clemente in the 1960 World Series sold for $41,825 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 25, 2012.
By United Press International
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Babe Ruth
A set of framed photos of Babe Ruth is up for auction at the Taste of the NFL on the eve of Super Bowl XLII on February 2, 2008. The Taste includes samples from some of the top restaurants in the U.S. as well as a charity auction. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat", was an American Major League baseball player from 1914–1935. Ruth originally broke into the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder and subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters. Ruth was a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup that won seven pennants and four World Series titles during his tenure with the team. After a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935, Ruth retired. In 1936, Ruth became one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ruth has since become regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture. He has been named the greatest baseball player in history in various surveys and rankings, and his home run hitting prowess and charismatic personality made him a larger than life figure in the "Roaring Twenties". Off the field he was famous for his charity, but also was noted for his often reckless lifestyle. Ruth is credited with changing baseball itself. The popularity of the game exploded in the 1920s, largely due to his influence. Ruth ushered in the "live-ball era", as his big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only excited fans, but helped baseball evolve from a low-scoring, speed-dominated game to a high-scoring power game.

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