Now you know: Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to get chemo/radiation


Maybe you knew already, as this was first reported in 1998. But I never heard about it. Today at, Dr. Howard Markel tells the story of how baseball’s biggest star also played a role in pioneering cancer treatment: he was one of the first cancer patients who were treated with combinations of chemotherapy and radiation.

An interesting story with a link back to the original New York Times story uncovering that most interesting fact about one of baseball’s most interesting characters.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.