In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, JaneÂ Â says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own time:
How would Ruth have fared in todayâ€™s world, both in and out of the ball park?
Off the field, heâ€™d have protectors to shield him against his own worst instincts but heâ€™d be subject to iPhone stalkers and the videos that have exposed present day athletesâ€”see Michael Phelps et al. And he wouldnâ€™t have a complicit press corps willing to draw and observe the line between public and private. Heâ€™d be as big a personality as he was then but he wouldnâ€™t be the original he was when he decided to remake baseball in his own image. His peers would be as large physically as he was or bigger and, of course, heâ€™d have to face the best of the very large pool of African-American talent that was barred from Major League competition.
Read more of the interview, as The Big Fella is being written at smithsonianmag.com.