>first, I thought I was immune to obscure, unrelated, sports "celebrity" fandom but your St. Louis Field Manager is the brother of my cousins' wife. Who'd a thunk that a Pittsburgher like me would care about a St. Louis team because I know a guy from West Virginia. It's strange that I would care (here comes a wood link) and root for the team that had the best record in baseball two years in a row. I hated to see his disappointment last year. Weird! Forget the American League. Good luck Cards. Anyway on to Ruth--
1. Heavy bat (as mentioned)
2. Hickory bat not Ash
3. Used a bat as a cane on occasion after his cancer diagnosed
4. Signed his bats.