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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The 13 Best Fat Baseball Players of All Time

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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1. Babe Ruth

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You had to know who number one was, right?

He's the best who ever played the game, period. He hit more runs by himself than entire teams did several years. He was one of the best left-handed pitchers of all time before he even became a position player. He's Babe Ruth, and we have a word, Ruthian, for monumental feats in baseball. When you get your own adjective, you top lists like this.

He was also a really fat guy in an era when being fat took effort. Seriously, have you ever seen what people in the Depression ate? We have four-bean stews today; in the 1930s they had stews with four beans total. You had to work to look like Babe Ruth in those days.

Amazingly enough, Ruth might have been even fatter than we realize; after all, he was generally photographed in his uniform, and vertical stripes are very slimming. He may very well have played most of his career north of 400 pounds and we just don't know it because he was always wearing pinstripes.

So remember, fat kid who's always getting picked last to play kickball or made a goalie or catcher because you can block a bunch of space, there's no reason you can't grow up to be a professional athlete. And a baker's dozen of reasons you totally can.

That being said, maybe go easy on the doughnuts, okay?

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