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    Quote Originally Posted by elmer View Post
    not in Sudbury but
    Boston, Haverhill, Springfield and hit a huge homer in Everett Aug 9, 1928
    a solid 500 footer possibly as much as 520 feet
    Interesting, thanks. Anything else in MA or other parts of New England?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveironcity
    I dont know if he ever barnstormed here, but he played games of the 1927 World series, and hit HRS 713 and 714 here.
    In 1920 the Yanks played an exhibition game on their last western swing of the season. It was on September 8th. Sellout crowd of 25,000 saw Ruth hit the longest (to that point) homer ever in Pittsburgh, well over the right field wall....grandstand in right hadn't been built yet. The reaction from the Pittsburgh fans was so great, that the Yanks scheduled at least one game there, every other year or so. The Yanks first time to Cincinnati was on July 25, 1921.


    Quote Originally Posted by Williamsburg2599
    Interesting, thanks. Anything else in MA or other parts of New England?
    During the 1927 season, on June 24th, the Yanks had a night game scheduled in Lynn, MA but it was rained out. So Ruth had to wait until 1931 to play under artificial lighting. He hit a long homer his first time under lights, and also homered in his second time under lights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post
    In 1920 the Yanks played an exhibition game on their last western swing of the season. It was on September 8th. Sellout crowd of 25,000 saw Ruth hit the longest (to that point) homer ever in Pittsburgh, well over the right field wall....grandstand in right hadn't been built yet. The reaction from the Pittsburgh fans was so great, that the Yanks scheduled at least one game there, every other year or so. The Yanks first time to Cincinnati was on July 25, 1921.
    Lots of publicity leading up to that game at Redland Park in Cincinnati. A difficult park to hit one out of, one of the reasons for the Yanks to play there, could Babe it one out. Here is the game write up, NY Times July 26,1921.
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    Babe Ruth hit the longest homerun of his career....and maybe in history a few miles from my front door in Wilkes-Barre, PA at Artillery Park. I am proud to say that I have hit a homer at the same place the Babe did. Although mine was around 380-390 ft. not 650!!

    http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1636.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
    Lots of publicity leading up to that game at Redland Park in Cincinnati. A difficult park to hit one out of, one of the reasons for the Yanks to play there, could Babe it one out. Here is the game write up, NY Times July 26,1921.
    Approximately how far were those fences and bleachers, SHOELESSJOE3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love The Game View Post
    Babe Ruth hit the longest homerun of his career....and maybe in history a few miles from my front door in Wilkes-Barre, PA at Artillery Park.
    He hit a similarly huge one during spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida, LTG - recently verified by an official state-certified survey.

    The man was truly incredible: Hercules in Pinstripes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXCELSIOR View Post
    Approximately how far were those fences and bleachers, SHOELESSJOE3?
    I believe center was 420. Not sure how tall the wall was. Right was 384 with a 7.5 foot fence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post
    I believe center was 420. Not sure how tall the wall was. Right was 384 with a 7.5 foot fence.
    Differing numbers on the wall in CF, one 37 feet and another 23 feet.

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    Ruth's last HR

    On March 31, 1924 Babe "hit a home run at the Mobile (Ala.) park which cleared the center field fence 480 feet distant."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACrank View Post
    The home run he hit there would be a good one to research.
    It was one of Ruth's big barnstorming homers. At Ainsworth he hit
    one over the smokestack of the school and the legend is that it landed at the far corner in the front of the school on the ground. Oct. 28, 1923.

    It probably did not go that far. It may still be on the school roof.

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    I've seen a photo online somewhere of Ruth and Gehrig with a local team in my hometown of West New York, NJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metfan13 View Post
    I've seen a photo online somewhere of Ruth and Gehrig with a local team in my hometown of West New York, NJ.

    Not sure but I think I may have posted a picture of Lou Gehrig taking a swing in an exhibition game there. I'm sure it was Gerhig but not sure of the location. In the last couple of weeks.

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    A night exhibition game, spoiled by rain. I was unable to find out if the game was played the next day.
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    The Babe barnstormed with Lou Gehrig through Milwaukee at least once, based on this reference to a 1928 homer at Borchert Field.

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    I am finishing up my research on Babe Ruth's postseason barnstorming--more than 200 games--and would be glad to hear from anyone with evidence of a game he might know about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky Pepper View Post
    I am finishing up my research on Babe Ruth's postseason barnstorming--more than 200 games--and would be glad to hear from anyone with evidence of a game he might know about.
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    Do you know what citys he toured in Illinois? I heard he was in Chicago but also in outside citys like Cicero Joliet and Aurora too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky Pepper View Post
    I am finishing up my research on Babe Ruth's postseason barnstorming--more than 200 games--and would be glad to hear from anyone with evidence of a game he might know about.
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    Tom, sent you an email with some info and a source that may be of help. Let me know if you do receive my email.

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    1924 Babe Ruth Pacific Coast Tour Letterhead
    Here's the letterhead that Christy Walsh had made for promoting the upcoming Pacific Tour dates. Gotta love the spelling for "Takoma".

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    1931 Farewell Tour Promo Letter
    Here's the letter that Christy Walsh sent out about what was being promoted as Babe's last barnstorming tour. It also notes how it would be his first appearance in night baseball.

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    Babe made a number of trips, barnstorming in my home town, Buffalo NY.This one, 1930.
    That 50 cents for ladies and kids, what were the men paying.That was a lot of money back then................plus the depression was taking place.

    Looking this one over, I believe I posted the wrong year, the broken window may have taken place in a game in Buffalo in 1921, October 16. That would fit in with the man being angry because of the 50.00 he lost, betting on the Yanks to win the World Series. The story did appear in a Buffalo newspaper as Babe was interviewed in the Statler Hotel, downtown Buffalo.
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    It was from Buffalo NY that Babe phoned Landis and told him he would continue to play.Babe claimed Landis hung up on him.
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    Landis on barnstorming decision, he stands firm.
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    In an earlier post I entered the wrong date for this one, Babe pays for broken window.
    Went back to the library and searched for the article. Here it is, the correct date.
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    If I read this correctly, looks like the Yankee owner was willing to pay Babe not to barnstorm in 1921. Perhaps they feared Landis would suspend him, for how long they did not know.

    Easy to understand the Yankee owner's fear. At the begining of Babe's barnstorming tour, articles in the news hinted that Landis was considering suspending Ruth and some other for the entire 1922 season. This had to strike fear in Yankee owners.

    As it turned out it was not the entire 1922 season Babe was suspended.
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