|Daddy Con in about 1925|
Cincinnati Reds or his, the Boston Red Sox. My argument was that although Boston had some good players (Ted Williams in particular) they were losers, as, during my short life, they usually finished each season near the bottom of the standings. Although I didn’t realize it, looking back, the Reds weren’t much better during that era.
Now that I’m older I realize that about the time Daddy Con, a teenager or very young man, moved to America and settled in Boston, another young man (only six months younger than Daddy Con) was also just beginning life in Boston. That man was Babe Ruth.
|Ruth warming up for the Red Sox |
at Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1914.
It’s easy to see how Daddy Con became a Red Sox fan. I’m not sure exactly when he came to America, but the Sox were very successful around that time, winning the World Series in 1912, 1915, 1916 & 1918. It’s easy to imagine a young man, eager to “fall in love” with his adopted country, being swept up in the excitement of rooting for the Sox, especially with a charismatic player like Ruth on the team.
Now to change the subject a bit – Babe Ruth was of German heritage. So are we on my Dad’s side. In fact, the maiden name of one of my Great-great-grandmothers was Ruth. Ruth is not a common surname, so there is some chance that we might be related.