Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the July 11 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1914, Babe Ruth played in his first Major League Baseball game. The "Bambino" played his last games 84 years ago in Pittsburgh, swatting three home runs before leaving the game.
Ruth still towers over baseball, but would he have known the meaning of this week's word -- cavil?
It's a verb does cavil mean:
A: Make amends. "Geesh, I probably shouldn't have promised little Jimmy I'd hit two homeruns for him," Babe Ruth said of his promise to the sick boy. "I'll have to cavil by sending a box of cigars to his hospital room."
B: Denounce forcefully. "That doggone Lou Gehrig," said the Babe. "He's been showing me up all day. I'll cavil him good when we get to the locker room."
C: Catch a glimpse of. The neighborhood children often waited outside of Yankee Stadium hoping to cavil the great Babe Ruth after a game.
D: Quibble. "I hate to cavil with ya, Ump, but that pitch was low," the Bambino said to the umpire who just called strike three on the Babe.
Some Babe Ruth trivia:
4Ruth was sent to a Catholic Boys Reformatory school at the age of 7. Each child was trained with an industrial career. Ruth's was shirt maker.
4He was the first baseball player to hit a home run in the All-Star game, at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1933.
4His other nicknames included Bambino, the Home Run King and The Sultan of Swat.
4He began his career as a pitcher: Ruth was both a left-handed pitcher and left-handed batter.
4Upon his retirement, he was the career record holder in home runs, RBSs, total bases, walks and strikeouts.
4Babe Ruth appeared as himself in four different movies. In one, he lost 40 pounds in order to play a younger version of himself.
4Babe Ruth died at the age of 53 in 1948. For two days, his coffin laid in state at Yankee Stadium for fans to pay their final respects. More than 100,000 people attended.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "D."