04-02-2015, 08:35 AM
Referee Babe Ruth Gets Rough In The Wrestling Ring
70 Yrs Ago Today In Portland, Maine (April 2, 1945)
~ (Wire Tag) “The Babe Tames A Rassler - Babe Ruth (left) 240 pounds, applies his own version of a neck lock to Manuel Cortez, 200, after the Boston grappler refused the Bambino’s warnings against unnecessary roughness in a bout last night in Portland, ME. The Babe made his debut as a wrestling referee in contest between Cortez and Leo Numa, 220, Seattle, the winner. The Babe says he dropped four pounds chasing the ‘rasslers round the ring.”
04-03-2015, 01:13 PM
Babe Ruth Signs A Ball For Child Star Jane Withers
73 Yrs Ago Today In Hollywood - April 3, 1942
~ (AP Wire Tag) “Jane Gets An Autograph - Film actress Jane Withers, who’s usually on the writing end in such affairs, got Babe Ruth to autograph a baseball for her when they both turned out last night for the Pacific Coast League opener between the Oakland and Hollywood clubs here.”
04-13-2015, 07:07 AM
Opening Day Floral Tribute For Babe Ruth & Miller Huggins
94 Yrs Ago Today At The Polo Grounds, NYC (April 13, 1921)
~ (Wire Tag) “A Floral Tribute To Ruth And Huggins - Photo of "Babe” Ruth and Miller Huggins, manager of the Yankees, photographed beside the floral piece sent to them at the opening of the baseball season at the Polo Grounds today. 4.13.21"
04-18-2015, 06:07 AM
Today In 1923: The Grand Opening Of Yankee Stadium
⚾ View From The Grandstands - April 18, 1923
~ Here's an edit I made for today's anniversary of the first game at the original Yankee Stadium. I incorporated the press pin badge that was issued to newsmen and dignitaries that day. The New York Yankees were victorious over the Boston Red Sox by a score of 4-1, with Babe Ruth appropriately christening the new stadium with its first home run.
04-19-2015, 07:53 AM
66 Yrs Ago Today In Color: Babe Ruth Memorial Plaque Unveiling
Yankee Stadium Opening Day - April 19, 1949
⚾ “A Great Ball Player - A Great Man - A Great American” ⚾
04-20-2015, 02:41 PM
Still The “Sultan Of Swat” To His Admirers
78 Yrs Ago Today At Yankee Stadium - April 20, 1937
~ (Wire Tag) “Babe Ruth, whose diamond exploits not so long ago thrilled millions of fans, autographing the score-cards of young worshipers who besieged the box of the home run king as he attended the opening game here in the Yankee Stadium here April 20. Looking on is Mrs. Ruth. The one-time Yankee star, who received the acclaim of a record-equaling inaugural crowd of 45,850, saw his former teammates lose, 3 to 2, to the Washington Senators in the first game of their 1937 American League pennant campaign. For a fan, The Babe also had a perfect field day, when he caught and pocketed Frankie Crosetti’s foul tip into the stands.”
04-21-2015, 06:18 AM
80 Yrs Ago Today - Babe Ruth Clouts Home Run #710
Braves Field, Boston - April 21, 1935
~ Here’s a combo of pics I edited together of The Babe hitting his 710th home run while a member of the Boston Braves. The first image shows The Babe waiting for the pitch from the Brooklyn Dodgers P Ray Benge. Behind the plate is Dodgers catcher and future HOF manager Al Lopez, as well as umpire Dolly Stark, who is credited as being the first Jewish umpire in modern baseball history. The second image shows The Babe crossing the plate after his long-ball heroics, which was the only run of the day for the Braves who lost the game 8-1. Waiting to greet The Babe at home plate is teammate Wally Berger (#4), who would wind up leading the National League in HR’s (34) and RBI’s (130) in 1935.
04-22-2015, 06:24 AM
Babe Ruth Injured At The Plate, Yankees Carry Him Off The Field
84 Yrs Ago Today at Fenway Park, Boston (April 22, 1931)
~ Here’s a combo I put together for this momentous date in Babe Ruth history. In a game at Fenway Park vs. the Boston Red Sox, The Babe injured himself while crashing into catcher Charlie Berry, who had formerly starred for the NFL’s Pottsville Maroons (1925-26), and would later become an American League umpire (1942-62). When The Babe took his place in LF the following inning, he collapsed in pain and had to be dramatically carried off the field by his Yankees teammates, a moment captured by the brilliant sports photographer Leslie Jones. Rookie Myril Hoag then replaced Babe in the game, which the Yankees won, 7-5. The Babe would return nine games later, going 2-3 in a victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Here’s the wire tag that accompanied the photo on the left: (Wire Tag) “The King Of Swat Falls To Earth - Hard luck struck Babe Ruth, baseball’s most famous figure, in the sixth inning of the Yankee-Red Sox game at Boston, April 22. Photo (left) shows The Babe scoring a run for the Yanks after tripping over Charlie Berry, Red Sox catcher. On a previous play, Ruth hurt himself going to third base. When the Yanks took the field again (right), Ruth collapsed while chasing Tom Oliver’s fly which went for a double. Ruth’s left side was injured. He was removed to Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, Boston and will be out of the game for at least two weeks.”
04-24-2015, 06:53 AM
President Harding Shakes Hands With The Babe
92 Years Ago Today At Yankee Stadium (April 24, 1923)
~ (Wire Tag) “President Sees Babe Ruth Hit Homer And Yankees Defeat Of Washington - Photo shows President Harding congratulating Babe Ruth following the latter’s home run during game between New York Yankees and the Washington Senators, played in the New York Stadium, which the President witnessed during his stay in New York on April 24th.”
04-24-2015, 08:44 AM
Babe Ruth & Will Rogers Visit Boston Children’s Hospital
86 Years Ago Today - April 24, 1929
~ Talk about legends! Babe and Will were arguably the most beloved men in America at that time. Funny how the wire tag mentions them as "Notables..." ~ (Wire Tag) “Notables Entertain Hospital Kids - Babe Ruth, his wife, and Will Rogers visited the crippled children at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.; Rogers doing his "rope stuff” for the children."
04-27-2015, 05:47 AM
Today In 1947 - Baseball Celebrates “Babe Ruth Day”
Actual color photo from Yankee Stadium - April 27, 1947
~ (Wire Tag) “Bucky Harris, manager of the N.Y. Yankees, shown here with Babe Ruth in the Yankee dugout, says, “It’s good to have you back, Babe”. Today, throughout the country, wherever a ballpark was opened, they celebrated “Babe Ruth Day”. At Yankee Stadium where the celebration starred The Babe himself, such sport figures like Commissioner Happy Chandler, William Harridge, Ford Frick and scores of others turned out to greet the former home run slugger. Ruth recently recovered from a serious operation.”
04-27-2015, 05:49 AM
A Baseball Legend Gets His Due
"Babe Ruth Day" at Yankee Stadium - April 27, 1947
04-28-2015, 05:50 AM
Babe Ruth Presents Bats & Balls For The Citizen's Military Training Camps
85 Yrs Ago Today at Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C. (April 28, 1930)
The Citizen's Military Training Camp (CMTC) was a military training program that ran during the summer months from 1921-40. It allowed men to gain some military training without the obligation of being called up for active duty.
~ (Wire Tag) “Washington - "The King of Swat”, none other than “Babe” Ruth himself, presents to F. Trubee Davison, acting (Asst.) Secretary of War, on of the baseballs and one of the bats, autographed by the World’s leading batter and given by him for the Citizen’s Military Camps this summer. the presentation took place at Griffith Stadium here when the New York Yankees played the Senators.“
05-01-2015, 05:44 AM
Babe Ruth Helps Raise The World’s Fair “Academy Of Sport” Flag
76 Yrs Ago Today at the New York World’s Fair (May 1, 1939)
~ (Wire Tag) “Dedicate Court Of Sport At World’s Fair - Eddie Rickenbacker, airline executive, with the help of Babe Ruth, right, one of baseball’s greatest "greats”, raises the flag during ceremonies dedicating the Academy and Court Of Sport at the New York World’s Fair. Looking on; left to right, are Christy Walsh, sports columnist; Don Budge, tennis star and Jim Crowley, coach of the Fordham football team.“
05-03-2015, 10:38 AM
Babe Ruth Coaching Women’s Softball
76 Yrs Ago Today on Long Island - May 3, 1939
~ (ACME Wire) “The day after Lou Gehrig of the Yankees broke his consecutive playing streak of 2,130 games by benching himself, Babe Ruth, the other half of the Yanks’ former home run twins, turned softball coach for a day when he instructed the Roverettes and Americanettes, girl’s baseball teams in batting on May 3 in St. Albans, L.I. Here is Ruth choosing sides with Betty Gallagher as members of both teams stand around them.”
05-04-2015, 02:20 PM
Babe Ruth Gives Batting Tips To The Mexican President’s Son
68 Yrs Ago Today In NYC - May 4, 1947
~ (Wire Tag) “–And Here’s The Way I Used To Hit ‘Em Miguel - With the above words, Babe Ruth, baseball hero to kids all the world over, displays a "Bambino Swing” to Miguel Alemán, Jr., son of the Mexican President currently visiting the United States. The 14-year-old Mexican visitor requested a meeting with the mighty Babe."
05-06-2015, 05:08 AM
100 Yrs Ago Today: Babe Ruth Hits 1st MLB Home Run
Polo Grounds, New York - May 6, 1915
~ Ironically, The Babe’s first HR clout comes against the New York Yankees while a member of the Boston Red Sox!
05-13-2015, 12:20 PM
Babe Ruth Goes Down In Pain From A Pitch To His Knee
81 Years Ago Today at Yankee Stadium - May 13, 1934
~ (Wire Tag) "Babe Ruth, writhes in pain after being struck in the knee by a pitched ball in the fourth inning of the game played here between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. The Babe was forced out of the game, Byrd ran the bases for him. For revenge the Yankees blanked the Indians 8 to 0."
05-19-2015, 05:14 AM
"Kings Of Swat" Meet For First Time!
League Park, Cleveland - May 19, 1931
~ (Wire Tag) “One of the first things that Max Schmeling, world heavyweight champion, did on his arrival in Cleveland was to view the opening game between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians today. He is shown at the left in the above getting a few pointers in the art of hitting them over the fence from Babe Ruth. The champion’s party was scheduled to go direct to Conneaut Lake Park (PA) to start training for his fight with Stribling July 5, but decided to delay it a day in order to meet Ruth.”
05-20-2015, 03:48 PM
The Babe Comes Back!
Polo Grounds, NY - May 20, 1922
~ The Babe was coming back from a suspension that he and his New York Yankees teammates Bob Meusel and Bill Piercy received from Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for barnstorming during the off season, which was prohibited for players who had participated in the World Series that year. (Wire Tag): “After forty days exile from regular games the mighty Ruth returned to active service. Here are shown the Lee twins presenting him with a huge floral piece. Inset shows presentation of a silver bat, loving cup and box of dirt from the home plate of St. Mary’s Industrial school where Ruth first played ball.”
05-25-2015, 07:39 AM
Babe Ruth’s Last Big Day In The Big Leagues
80 Years Ago Today - Forbes Field, Pittsburgh - May 25, 1935
~ While not his final game, today marks the 80th anniversary of the day when Babe clouted his final 3 HR’s (712, 713 & 714) in one last heroic effort vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. In this rare photo we see The Babe signing baseballs from a box held by Braves coach Hank Gowdy, who was the first active major leaguer to enlist for service in World War I before the 1918 season began. Also pictured is future Hall of Fame Mgr. Bill McKechnie who is looking straight into the camera as The Babe appeases the fans.