Babe Ruth's Secret Revealed


“The scientific ivory hunters of Columbia University discovered that the secret of Babe Ruth’s batting, reduced to non-scientific terms, is that his eyes and ears function more rapidly than those of other players; that his brain records sensations more quickly and transmits its orders to the muscles much faster than does that of the average man. The tests proved that the coordination of eye, brain, nerve system, and muscle is practically perfect, and that the reason he did not acquire his great batting power before the sudden burst at the beginning of the baseball season of 1920, was because, prior to that time, pitching and studying batters disturbed his almost perfect coordination.”

– From an article on Classics in the History of Psychology, a site developed by an internet resource developed by Christopher D. Green, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Some think that Babe’s skills can be learned.

“Specialty sports vision facilities are helping athletes train skills that many believed were “untrainable”; skills like anticipation, field vision, timing, sport intelligence, game tempo, reaction speed, focus and concentration.”

– Brian Stammer, Editor of SportsVision Magazine

Take a look at this article on visualization to see what Brian Stammer is speaking of.

3 thoughts on “Babe Ruth's Secret Revealed

  • July 11, 2007 at 6:19 am

    I beleive a similar study was done of the great cricketer Don Bradman and it was found that although his eyesight was good, it was not above normal. The difference was in his ability to process information more quickly than any other batter and create a 3D image of the trajectory of the ball before it had arrived.

    I’m presuming Babe Ruth was similar.

  • March 8, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I’ve heard he could read the label on a 88 speed record as it was playing. I had 20 -15 in both eyes when I gave it a shot years ago and couldnt not come close to reading a single wordl. Not many chances to try reading an 88 speed record anymore but if you get a chance , try it. It seems imposible. Impressive!

    • March 9, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      I couldn’t find a record player – but I took one of those kids roulette wheels and put some tape on them I could read – and gave it a spin. Crazy. Couldn’t make out the type much less the wording. The guy was a phenom, no doubt about it.


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