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  • did babe ruth barnstorm your town?

    I found out that Babe Ruth came to my hometown in 1921. This was on one of the Yankees barnstorming tours,in direct defiance of Judge Landis' order against world series players participating in post season games.
    From the Warren Evening Times,Oct 19,1921: "BABE RUTH AND BOB MEUSEL ARRIVE IN WARREN EARLY IN AFTERNOON;TO RETURN TO JAMESTOWN AFTER GAME." The exhibition game was to be played at 1 pm at the high school field vs. the Warren Independents,who i presume were a local all star team.
    The paper goes on to say that "During the early afternoon,a number of local fans gathered around the Carver House waiting with expectant interest for the appearance of Ruth,Meusel and others. However the major leaguers did not stage any public reception."
    Anyone else have the Babe come through their small town?

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    Babe was all over, especially in the New York and Pennsylvania area. Not a small town and much bigger in the 1920s, Buffalo NY where Babe made a number of visits. Found one article in the Buffalo Evening News telling of a home run he hit over the scoreboard in dead centerfield at Offerman Stadium.
    The distance to the scoreboard was 400 feet and around 40+ feet high. The stadium was still in use in the late 1950s and I did see that scoreboard, some drive. The only other time that the scoreboard was cleared was at least one time for sure and maybe two times by the same hitter, Luke Easter who could hit a ball a mile, International League.

    Barnstorming in 1921, one home run hit at Buffalo Oct. 16, 1921, two at Elmira Oct. 17 and one at Warren Pa. Oct. 19

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    • #3
      Ruth was certainly in Dayton, Ohio. I actually saw an original hand bill promoting one such event here last weekend. They wanted a few hundred bucks for it.
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      Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
        Ruth was certainly in Dayton, Ohio. I actually saw an original hand bill promoting one such event here last weekend. They wanted a few hundred bucks for it.

        A number of times in the state of Ohio. Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Toledo and probably more in that state. I know of one barnstorming game where he hit a home run in Dayton, October 25, 1928.

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        • #5
          I'm from Northern California. Did the Babe ever barnstorm up these parts?
          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
            I'm from Northern California. Did the Babe ever barnstorm up these parts?
            Don't know about barnstorming, at a quick glance saw none. Some spring training in NC in the 1920s, Charlotte and Ashville.

            You may already be aware that Babe hit his first home run as a pro in spring training Fayetteville NC. March 7, 1914.

            Sort of a scrimmage game when he was with the Orioles. Ruth started the game at shortstop handled 3 chances then pitched. That homer described as the longest ever there. Untill that time Jim Thorpe held the distance record there.
            Today there is a plaque on the grounds denoting the home run.

            Excuse me Honus I misread, Northern Califonia.
            Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 05-23-2008, 11:49 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
              I'm from Northern California. Did the Babe ever barnstorm up these parts?
              In California, Oakland, LA, Frisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Long Beach, Stockton, Marysville, Dunsmuir and Santa Barbara. Any close to you?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                In California, Oakland, LA, Frisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Long Beach, Stockton, Marysville, Dunsmuir and Santa Barbara. Any close to you?
                Yes, San Francisco (40 miles), Oakland (50 miles), Stockton (80 miles) and Sacramento (120 miles), are fairly close. Would you have dates for these barnstorming games? I'd like to look some old newspaper accounts.
                Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                  I'm from Northern California. Did the Babe ever barnstorm up these parts?
                  Speaking of The Babe and California.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                    Yes, San Francisco (40 miles), Oakland (50 miles), Stockton (80 miles) and Sacramento (120 miles), are fairly close. Would you have dates for these barnstorming games? I'd like to look some old newspaper accounts.

                    Some of them.
                    These all 1927--

                    Frisco------------- 10/23
                    Marysville----------10/24 Morning
                    Stockton-----------10/24 Afternoon
                    Sacramento--------10/25
                    San Jose-----------10/26
                    Santa Barbara------10/27
                    Fresno-------------10/29

                    All 1931

                    LA---------------10/18
                    San Diego-------10/19 Night
                    LA---------------10/20 Night
                    Fresno-----------10/21
                    Oakland----------10/23 night
                    Oakland----------10/26
                    Long Beach------10/31
                    LA---------------10/31 Night

                    There are probably more, this list is games where he homered in.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                      I'm from Northern California. Did the Babe ever barnstorm up these parts?

                      Northern California barnstorming, thats kids stuff.
                      This is real barnstorming.

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                      • #12
                        Was red underwear warmer than other colors back then?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                          Northern California barnstorming, thats kids stuff.
                          This is real barnstorming.
                          Cool stuff SHOELESS!
                          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                            Some of them.
                            These all 1927--

                            Frisco------------- 10/23
                            Marysville----------10/24 Morning
                            Stockton-----------10/24 Afternoon
                            Sacramento--------10/25
                            San Jose-----------10/26
                            Santa Barbara------10/27
                            Fresno-------------10/29

                            All 1931

                            LA---------------10/18
                            San Diego-------10/19 Night
                            LA---------------10/20 Night
                            Fresno-----------10/21
                            Oakland----------10/23 night
                            Oakland----------10/26
                            Long Beach------10/31
                            LA---------------10/31 Night

                            There are probably more, this list is games where he homered in.
                            SHOELESS, you rock! Thanks! I think I'll take a trip down to the San Jose Library and look through the archives of the San Jose Mercury News.
                            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Williamsburg2599 View Post
                              Was red underwear warmer than other colors back then?
                              I myself wondered about the choice of colors and that he pointed that out.
                              It was Babe Ruth, plain old white wouldn't do.

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