The Bambino celebrates Rosh Hashanah!
Why was Babe Ruth such a blessed individual? After all, disrespectful treatment of him led FOUR teams to be cursed. The maximum curse from God (the only One whose curses and blessings are genuine) is the number of completion (seven) times the number of foundation (twelve tribes of Israel; twelve disciples) is 84 years. The reason why some cursed teams go longer (like the Red Sox and the Cubs) is because 84-year curses can overlap.
First: the Red Sox – they sold the Babe to the Yankees in January of 1920. The Red Sox were cursed for 84 years – until 2004, when they finally beat the Yankees AND the Cardinals to become World Champions.
Second: the Giants – John McGraw publically disrespected the Babe when the New York Giants beat their hometown rivals, the Yankees, in 1921 and 1922. In 1923, McGraw started the 84-year curse on the Giants by disrespecting Ruth, again, but also mistreating the “Rabbi of Swat”, Jewish slugger Mose Solomon, and disrespectfully trading the Giants’ best player in the 1923 Series, Casey Stengel (another blessed individual). Now, it is true that the Giants won two Championships in those 84 years (1933 and 1954), but those were temporary blessings because they blessed other individuals (more later). That curse was over in 2007, when Barry Bonds retired and the Giants signed a guy with an odd name: Madison Bumgarner.
Third: The Cubs – they disrespected the Bambino so much at Game Three of the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field that he declared the 84-year curse himself … it’s referred to as “The Called Shot.” This also providentially happened on a special day on the Jewish calendar: Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah. Unlike Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year), Yom Teruah is a day of joyful praise to Yahweh… it is a day of rejoicing! So – the Babe rejoiced by pointing to the distant centerfield flagpole at Wrigley and then hit the next pitch right where he had just pointed. When is that curse up? How about in 2016? This is a sign that the Cubs will win it all this year, after 108 years of frustration and 70 years of long exile from the World Series.
Fourth: the Braves – in 1935, the Babe wanted to keep playing, even though he was definitely well past his prime. The Boston Braves, however, saw a chance to cash in on the Babe’s continued popularity by signing the old, fat has-been. They not only promised that he would continue to play, but that he would eventually be able to realize his dream: to be able to manage a Major League team. The Braves promised him that he would be named “co-manager” with the outstanding manager they already had – future Hall of Fame manager Bill McKechnie. It was obvious, though, that the Braves never intended to make the Bambino anything but a circus act. He left in May, never to play again. He also never managed. The Braves were cursed – Boston won a pennant (providentially, just a month after the Babe died in 1948), but they lost to the Cleveland Indians, who were a blessed team that year. The Boston Braves never won again – they moved to Milwaukee after the 1953 season. The newly-moved team added a blessed rookie – Hank Aaron – and won the World Championship in 1957. The Braves had won in 1914… and they would win as the Atlanta Braves in 1995.
So – which players are blessed? Some are blessed because Yahweh promised Abraham his descendents “I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who curse you.” That means Abraham’s physical descendents (in the blessed line through Isaac) – the Jews. So – Jewish players have been blessed since the game of baseball began… the first great super-star was a Jewish player out of Brooklyn, Lip Pike. Other Jewish players who were blessed significantly were Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. But the Lord knows those who were Abraham’s physical descendents, but may not have been aware of it because they converted to Christianity. These blessed individuals who are not Jewish today often had ancestors from Germany, where many Jewish people were converted during the Reformation (Felix Mendelssohn, the composer, had Jewish ancestry, but he and his family were believers in Jesus).
Blessed players with probable Jewish ancestry include: Honus Wagner, Mordecai “Three-Finger’ Brown, Babe Ruth, Casey Stengel, Charlie Gehringer, George Earnshaw, Leo Durocher, Hank Aaron (yes – why not? Many African-Americans have non-African ancestors. The Lemba Tribe in South Africa look African, but they have been proved genetically to be part of the priestly descendents of Aaron, the high priest; why does Hank Aaron have a Jewish last name?), Mike Schmidt, Madison Bumgarner, and a number of other players, including Willie Mays. Bill Terry, for example, was blessed to win the 1933 World Series, one season after John McGraw had retired. Bill Terry treated two young Jewish players well (Harry Danning and Phil Weintraub) in 1933; he also took a stand against them being discriminated against in the 1934 spring training season. The Giants were blessed with that amazing win over the Dodgers in 1951 (“The Giants win the pennant!…) because they treated Jewish players well after World War Two when they came back from the war. Goody Rosen and Phil Weintraub were two Jewish players who benefitted from the Giants’ kindness.
Anyway – I thought it increases the interesting providential connections by seeing that the Called Shot was on Rosh Hashanah. Our Lord is indeed in control!