The Boston Red Sox's sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees stands as one of the most game-changing deals in all of sports, and in this intriguing collection, Bill Gutman takes an exploratory look at what could have been had Ruth stayed in Boston, among 11 other alternate histories. Steve Larkin sounds appropriately curious as he details Gutman's scenarios, such as Sonny Liston defeating Cassius Clay, or Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson's early integration of baseball. What If the Babe Had Kept His Red Sox? is an engaging, speculative listen sure to provoke intense discussion among sports fans.
What if Babe Ruth had not been sold to the Yankees in 1920 and instead played his entire career in Boston? What if Muhammad Ali had lost or quit in his first fight against Sonny Liston? What if the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants had never moved to the West Coast? What if Vince Lombardi had become head coach of his hometown Giants instead of heading to Green Bay? How would sports history, and our perception of it, be different today? These are some of the questions asked and answered in this entertaining book of alternate history, the first book of its kind in the field of sports. It is sure to appeal to every thoughtful sports fan.