Please check http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/history/uniforms_logos.jsp
This is a common legend, but the Yankees started wearing pinstripes before Ruth joined the team and long before he needed help to look slimmer.
Everybody says the Babe was fat. I've seen "Pride of the Yankees" and he certainly doesn't look fat there. Never did understand where this idea that Babe Ruth was fat came from.
Steven, the definition of "fat" back then is substantially different from the definition of "fat" now. Back then (indeed, even twenty years ago), Americans' average weight was substantially lower, and the number of people you would see on the street who were substantially above that average weight was quite rare (and usually, they were older people). Now, seeing overweight people (and I fall into that category, I'm afraid) is frighteningly common. Our perception of "fat" has changed as the numbers of people who, frankly, fit that description, has changed, largely because of our very human ability to assume that if "everyone" is the same, it must be okay
it is said he lost 40 pounds just for that movie.
Comments on his weight are also because most of our image of him is from around his retirement, not early in his career when he was listed as 215 and 6'2"
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