Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC owner John Henry today announced that the Boston Red Sox were teaming up with scientists from the University of Liverpool to clone George Herman 'Babe' Ruth to replace Bobby Valentine who was fired after the Sox failed to make the play offs.
The clone will be made from a blood patch on a USA uniform that the Bambino wore in an exhibition game against the Red Sox as part of a war bond drive in 1942. In the third inning of the game Ruth made a diving catch from first base to deny Ted Williams a RBI but in the process scraped his elbow badly on the infield dirt. Never one to give up Babe played on in spite of the injury. After the game the uniform was donated to a local branch of the American Legion where it still hangs to this day.
"Because the viable sample is from 1942 the clone will be Babe at age 47." Professor Jim Sharks explained at a press conference. "This means he will be a little too old to play. But he should retain all of the Sultan of Swat's memories up to that point which means that he will be a good manager."
Ruth was never given the opportunity to manage a club in his life time but many Ruthian scholars say that it was his dearest wish. "Babe was let down twice. When he singed with the then Boston Braves he was told that in two years he would be manager. When that was reveled to be a lie he retired." Ruth expert Bill Jenkinson told ESPN this morning. "Later he singed on as first base coach with the then Brooklyn Dodgers with the promise to be made manager at the end of the year but again is was an empty promise. He did manage the USA team during war bond exhibition games but he always wanted to manage a top club."
John Henry added "If this goes well then we have a band aid used on a paper cut by Bill Shankly, the legendary Liverpool FC boss, which means we could re instate him at Anfield."
Asked for comment a spokesman for the Red Sox Nation could only say "Bosssstoooon"