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on second thought

Oh, Babe, another baseball season is upon us

The Red Sox open their 2014 season Monday in Baltimore, hometown of Babe Ruth, who just 100 years ago this spring left that city’s St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, his home for a dozen years, to launch his pro career.

By July of 1914, the 19-year-old Ruth was here in Boston, trimmed in Red Sox flannels, the first sentence of his fortune and legacy about to be written. In fact, so minimal was Ruth’s profile upon his arrival at the Fens, after a brief initial stay with the Sox he spent much of the remaining summer pitching in Providence for the Grays of the International League.

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