ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- BabeRuthCentral.com provides an extensive look at Babe Ruth and enables fans to interact with the Ruth family, experts and each other.
BabeRuthCentral.com, a site dedicated to George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. was originally created in 2006 by his great-grandson, Brent Stevens. The site, which offers an extensive look at the Babe, has recently gone through a major redesign featuring even more Babe Ruth content, quicker navigation and an enhanced user experience, including social media integration.
The original intent of Babe Ruth Central was to deliver a positive, but honest and accurate, depiction of the Babe and provide deeper insights through the website. While that mission still holds true, the site enables fans to interact, now more than ever, with the family, baseball experts, memorabilia enthusiasts and each other through the BRC Blog on the site and Babe Ruth Central's Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/baberuthcentral). In this way, Babe Ruth Central continues to build an online community for his fans, as well as continues to preserve the excitement and enthusiasm for the Babe and what he truly believed in.
In addition to the traditional biography and stats, the website continues to excel at providing unique perspectives through less-heard stories from the family; recollections from other ballplayers and acquaintances from Babe's time; perspectives from famous players who followed; as well as, thoughts from current sportswriters, authors and historians. Site visitors can listen to dozens of audio clips; view rare photos and memorabilia from the Ruth family's personal collection; and, learn much more about the Babe.
Stevens and his partner on the site, Stu Dressler, continue to receive comments and entertain questions related to Ruth from all over the U.S. and beyond, including Japan and South Korea. They have received many stories from people whose family lore includes a picture with Babe Ruth or a story of when Babe came to their town. In addition, due to the many inquiries about memorabilia over the last 6 years, Stevens and Dressler now offer a free memorabilia service in which they help fans with identification and valuation of Babe-related and other sports items. These fans also have an opportunity to have their items considered for auction, through Babe Ruth Central's partnership with one of the nation's premier sports auction houses.
"The Called Shot's 80th Anniversary was the perfect time to launch the enhanced Babe Ruth Central website".
The site now also features the BR Store, which offers exclusive apparel and other merchandise by BRGoods, the site's sister sports merchandise entity. In addition to the "Babe Ruth Inspirations" t-shirts that include famous quotes by the Babe, there is much more, including a limited edition tee commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Called Shot and a "Ruth for President" tee that is meant as a fun play on the upcoming election. In addition, BRGoods has developed partnerships with some great artists that want to share their unique Babe Ruth art with the masses, including mosaics made of glass and even hundreds of Topps® micro baseball cards. These items can also be accessed directly at BRGoods.com.
According to Stevens, "the Called Shot's 80th anniversary was the perfect time to launch the enhanced Babe Ruth Central website which we've nicknamed BRC V2." He continued, "We wanted to coincide with one of the most famous events in sports history – Babe Ruth's Called Shot. On October 1, 1932, the Yankees were visiting the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the World Series. Both Chicago players and fans were heckling the masterful, but aging Babe. In the fifth inning on a 2-2 count, Babe hit a home run that no spectator would ever forget." No one would forget it because immediately prior to his mighty swing, the Sultan of Swat had the bravado and showmanship to predict that he would hit a home run by motioning toward the outfield wall and flagpole. Literally since that moment eighty years ago today, reporters and fans have debated whether Ruth truly "called" his home run and the event has become a part of baseball legend.
Stevens and Dressler welcome fans to interact with the Ruth family, experts and other fans, as well as learn more about the Called Shot and other great stories, at BabeRuthCentral.com!
BabeRuthCentral.com and BRGoods are wholly-owned and operated by BR3 Enterprises, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA.
Media Contact: Stu Dressler Babe Ruth Central, 248-444-5801, firstname.lastname@example.org
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