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Mays may have caught Ruth if not for Army stint

If not for a stint in the Army, Willie Mays may have caught Babe Ruth before Hank Aaron, writes Rob Neyer.

Originally Published: May 28, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

May 28, 1952: Dodgers' fans cheer a Giant. During his last at-bat prior to reporting for duty at Fort Eustis, Virginia, Willie Mays gets an ovation from Brooklyn fans at Ebbets Field. He is hitless in four at-bats, but the Giants beat the Dodgers and Billy Loes, 6-2. -- The Baseball Timeline

If not for the Cold War, it's quite possible that Willie Mays, and not Henry Aaron, would have broken Babe Ruth's career home-run record.

Consider ... Ruth hit 714 home runs. Mays finished his ...

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