Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sexy and gorgeous nymphomaniac Clara Bow, with her crimson, bee-stung lips, is just one of the characters who lend sparkle and pizzaz to the pages of "Babe Ruth & the 1927 Yankees Have the Best Summer Ever". She's obsessed with the size of the Babe's bat and they head off on a moonlit drive to the Nevada border in her Kissel Gold Bug Coupe. Ruth has just found out how hard young Gary Cooper punches. But then he asked for it.

The Babe plays tennis with Doug Fairbanks at Pickfair the next day and then goes with him and Mary Pickford to Breakaway House, Charlie Chaplin's place, where he's got another fifteen-year old cutie stashed.

When the Yankees go to Comiskey Al Capone's there with his boy. He's a huge Yankee fan. Joe Dugan and blue-eyed bachelor Mark Koenig go to see if Capone's at his favorite hangout, the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, that night. Joe knows the password is "Wobbly Knees." Mark's a big hit with the long-legged cigarette girl. The place is full of scantily-clad flappers with cigarettes dangling between their lips as they order dirty martinis. Al isn't there but when the manager calls him Al sends a car so Mark and Joe can go see him in his suite at the Lexington. He has a shooting gallery there so he can "practice for hunting season."

Joe and some teammates go to the Cotton Club in New York and the wild and beautiful Zelda Fitzgerald is there. She tells Joe, whose wife is convinced he is fooling around, that her hips are absolutely wild tonight and when she rubs up against him she asks, "You don't mind, do you? I'm afraid I'm not good for anything but pleasure-giving pursuits."
   
Meanwhile, the Babe, whose favorite bordellos are the House of the Good Sheperd and the House of All Nations, is worried. He's still
trying to win back the affection of the millions of kids he let down with his outrageous behavior in '25, a season in which the Yankees finished second-last. But he's the worst hitter on the club in April and the seemingly superhuman Lou Gehrig is hitting one home run after another.
   
George Pipgras can't find the strike zone. Joe Dugan's banged up. Tony Lazzeri may collapse any minute - or worse. Urban Shocker can't even be allowed to lie down. Waite Hoyt could get arrested for what's in his trunk and Bob Shawkey's worried the Tiger Lady may kill him. Miller Huggins is on his way to an ulcer. Then things get worse - thanks to Ty Cobb, the evil son of a bitch who hates the Babe's guts.

 

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