The 12 Days of Christmas is one of the most recognizable carols in the Christmas lexicon, so we’re pairing it with the most recognizable jerseys.
Rob Manoff, Rob Whitney, and myself aka the voices behind the Write The Radio podcast are embarking on the 12 Jersey GOATS of Christmas. From the partridge in the pear tree to twelve drummers drumming we’re going 1 through 12 to find the best player who ever wore the number.
How it’s going down is simple. We’ve narrowed down a rep from each of the 4 major sports and throw a poll up on Twitter. Then the real experts weigh in and select the final winner. We’ll put up a post announcing the winner. Later in the countdown, we’ll announce our contest winners as well.
Oh, that’s right, we’re doing a giveaway as well. That part is simple too. All it takes is 3 simple steps. 1. Vote in the polls. 2. Retweet the poll. 3. Follow the Last Out Media Twitter account.
Three French Hens
This one was likely the closest poll yet but still produced a clear winner. George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe was ultimately the #3 selected to be known as the greatest of all time. He beat out Pierre Pilote, Bronko Nagurski, and Allen Iverson.
Ruth is obviously a Yankees and baseball legend. With 714 home runs, he reigned as baseball’s home run king, only being passed by Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. During his career, Ruth was famed for his monolithic home runs and propensity to down hot dogs. Ruth also pitched early in his career, and his record for 9 shutouts in a year would be the highest a left-hander would achieve until 1978, and had 94 wins in his career.
Ruth would become center to Yankee’s lore. The Great Bambino came alive during the live-ball era and his popularity in part helped elevate major league baseball during this time. Also known as the “Sultan of Swat” Ruth’s home run hitting helped change baseball and shift it towards the more modern game we play today. The stories and tales of Ruth from that time would become a legend, and the accomplishments and personality of the Babe still mean a great deal to baseball.