With Barry Boinds about to break another Babe Ruth record, NPR has an interview with a baseball historian who says:
“He just was a colossus above everybody in the game,” says Leigh Montville, author of The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth. “He really invented the home run. Before Babe Ruth came along, the home run was kind of a mistake…. [But he] showed the value of hitting the ball out of the ballpark.”
You can here the whole interview by clicking on the link at the top of this web page.