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  • #31

    guess that makes me one too

    many apologies!!


    The Red Sox and the Sanford Professionals met at Goodall Park Wednesday afternoon in a game which will probably stand for a long time as the real classic event of Sanford's baseball. The score was 4-3 in favor of the Red Sox when the last little dust cloud stirred up by a player's toe cleared away. The Red Sox attack was led by Babe Ruth, the champion home run getter of the world to date. Babe connected for a full circuit clout in the eighth inning. He was obliged to do it to win his fame. It wasn't a case of just letting the big swat artist bat the ball for four sacks to please the crowd of fans, who had been reading of his tremendous wallops during the big league season. When Ruth caught the old pill and sailed it over the right field fence, thirty feet or more inside the foul line and with a clearance of full forty feet, Sanford had his team in the hole 3-1, and it was the eighth inning. There were two out, and Gilholey was on third, with Roth on first, the result of a base on balls and a fielder's choice. Ruth had swung hard at the first ball pitched, and missed. Then came a called strike. There were few present who expected the blow that followed. Sanford's pitcher tried to pass the batter, but Babe reached out for a ball eight or ten inches wide of the plate, picked out the seam he wanted to hit it on, and slammed the sphere out of the park, whereafter taking his time in jogging around the bases in the wake of the two men who preceded him across the plate, putting the score at 4 to 3 against the locals, which count remained without change until the finish. It was a hard game for Sanford to lose, and one of the best aside from the big home run feature, ever witnessed here. One error only was credited to each team, Ruth, playing at third, making one of them, and the favorite "Pink" the other. It was a battle of pitchers, Barclay, twirling for Sanford, allowed three bases on balls and struck out four men. Golden for the Red Sox had that same record for the game. Sanford connected safely five times, two of the hits contributed by Jim McKeon. Red Sox players corralled eight hits. NcNeil, the redoubtable catcher, landing three of them. Next to Ruth's homer the batting feature was a long triple by Rowe in the fourth, which, with Ruth's error and singles by McKeon and Kincaid, gave the Sanford team its three runs. Sharp fielding featured the fray, two double plays being worked by each team, Pinkerton starting Sanford's and Shean getting the double killings off for the Sox. It was a grand good game to watch, and many watched it-the biggest paid attendance of the season for the stores and mills were closed for the occasion. There was something doing all the time. No inning was featureless, the fourth and the eighth sharing high honors. It was in the fourth that Sanford piled up the three runs. It was in the fourth, also, that Ruth started a four-ply drive for the same fence he afterwards sent one over, but started it too low. At the crack of the bat, seemingly, there was a smash in the mit of Sanford's first baseman, and McKeon, nearly tumbled by the blow, had the ball safely caught. Then in Sanford's half of the fourth inning McKeon, not to be outdone by Babe in this first baseman-killing stunt, slammed a hard one at Stuffy McInnis, the catapulted horsehide taking that worthy off his feet and humbling him in the dust, with Big Jim safe on first. It was a great game. NOTES OF THE GAME A song, written somewhere, sometime, by somebody was sold in the grandstand and along the sidelines during the game. The chorus was sung at intervals by a man with a megaphone, and a younger man did the selling act. The song was all about Babe Ruth's batting prowess, and had a real swing to it, to, just as Ruth's bat has a swing to it, and Babe was portrayed in batting posture, on the cover. Many copies were sold. When Ruth made his error, in the fourth inning, a fan watching the game from the sun-bathed bank on the east side of the park expressed himself this way, viz. -"G'wan you lout, get in there and play baseball. What d'yer spose I paid a quarter for you pictures for, anyway!" That was a pretty close decision, when Hayden was called out at second in the third; and another fine question, decided in the affirmative by McCann, was whether or not a ball from Roth's bat was fair or foul, near first base, in the sixth. The umpiring, it may be said, gave general satisfaction throughout. When "Hypie" slammed out that three-bagger in the fourth inning, he went around second base like a flash, and Shean, on getting the throw from Bailey, thought he had him at a mile; but, after "Hypie" had slid to safety, Shean just stood and looked at him and wondered how he got there so quickly. Some speed artist, "Hypie!" "Mike" Hayden got one awful wallop on the knee from a foul tip off Ruth's bat, and it laid him out for a few minutes, but he resumed play amid loud cheers from the fans. Umpire McCann stopped a couple of foul tips during the game, and it was hard to distinguish whether he said "foul" or "ouch" each time. As many have called up the Tribune in regards to the men at bat during the Red Sox 8th inning, and to show that Ruth did not bat out of order, we will give the plays as they were made, and how the two men got on bases: Golden, first man up in this inning, singled to the left of second base and was thrown out, Kincaid to Parent, when he tried to turn the hit into a two-bagger. Gilholey reached first on a free pass, and took second on an error by Pinkerton of Shean's ground hit to right of second base. Roth reached first when Pinkerton intercepted his hit to the right of second and put Shean out by touching him as he ran for second, then trying to double Roth on a throw to McKeon. Ruth then came up, being the fifth batter to come to the plate, and did what the crown wanted him to do, pasted it over the fence. McInnis went out, Rowe to McKeon, for the third out. In the seventh inning, Ruth led off and was passed. McInnis short one down to "Pink" who tossed to Parent, and then Parent shot it over to McKeon for a snappy double play. Malone and McNeal then singled and Bailey went out on a ground hit to Jim McKeon at first, leaving Malone and McNeal stranded on second and third. Before the game started, Ruth gave an exhibition of "fungo" batting that delighted the crowd. Ruth bought all the league balls he could find in Sanford before the game, in order to have enough left after hitting them over the fence during the warming up batting practice.


    • #32
      Originally posted by elmer
      How did you get it?

      I have as many Sanborn maps as I could gather where ever Ruth hit long home runs when SABR had them during the trial in 2005.
      I have about 70 maps all-together, mostly from parks where he barnstormed. Also some, not all, Major League parks.
      Elmer, is there a Sanborn site available to all, is there a fee.


      • #33
        Originally posted by elmer
        There is a site where you can register "i think".
        am certain there is a stiff fee as SABR couldn't afford it and
        is also giving up Proquest at the end of this month. I got all the maps through SABR's 'trial' run of Proquest Sanborn maps last year.

        I can share any you want if you are unable or cannot afford The Sanborn fee what ever it is. I enlarged many of them but because i did that i had to take them in pieces. What i do is print them and join together.
        If you were able to get Proquest Sanborn maps it takes many hours of looking for just one or two, you must know the address of the ballpark then
        look in the contents for the street names. It is very slow painful work. If you have the time and $ go for it. I would. It was like looking for treasure!

        Sanborn home page, if you work long enough you can navigate to where you can contact someone about access

        Florida maps are free when I last looked

        I came across some in Utah and I think one of the Virginias but can't remember which that were free.

        This site indicates a list of Institutions the LIB of Cong offered maps to

        To get them from Proquest you must be an institution, I don't really know
        if that is a rule aat the Sanborn site. In any event it is worth a trip to your nearby Libraries to see if they have any in their holdings. They would be local holdings.


        OK Elmer thanks for the info. Just last night I did visit a couple of the sites that you have contained in this post and did make some progress. I don't know if I can live without one of my favorites, Proquest a gold mine of info on the history of the game, the news archives. I understand it will no longer be a feature to SABR members shortly. I may just pay Proquest if the fee is not out of this world.


        • #34
          Originally posted by [email protected]
          If you get a library card at your nearest big city library, you will still be able to access Proquest from your home. It may not be quite as big, but you will still be able to access it from your home, and that is the main thing. What is the nearest big city to you, Joe. Buffalo?
          Thanks Bill, I'll check that out at the library. Biggest city near me, at one time it was one of the biggest but no more, I live in Buffalo N.Y.

          I know we're the but of the snow jokes and 4 appearances in the Super Bowl with nothing to show for but we take it all in stride. I love it here, for a city of this size food galore, all kinds and some of the best in the country even in the wee hours of early morning, not my words but the words of some who get around quite a bit. Well, so much for the city of Buffalo plug now let me plug our library. I worked at the Erie Basin Marina for a few years and would get boaters docking from all over the country, asking for directions to Buffalo's public library. Time and time again they commented on how surprised they were at the volume of books, liturature and wealth of information available at the Buffalo library. I guess they were conditioned to believe that all we have here is snow and Buffalo wings, this library is hugh.

          So much for that, Monday I contact the library and check out the info you gave me on Proquest.

          BTW, any posters get down this way look me up, I'll treat, Buffalo Wings the real stuff.
          Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 12-09-2006, 12:24 PM.


          • #35
            June 2, 1927 he walked in this at bat.
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            • #36
              Don't know how this turned out but I believe it was against his nemesis Hub Pruett. Looks like he was going for downtown.
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              • #37
                I did post these on the Babe Ruth discussion thread, thought I might put them on this thread also since this one started out with lots of pics and not so much discussion.

                Babe at bat 1926.
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                • #38
                  Babe at bat 1930. Elmer pointed out the fact that this looks like Comiskey Park. After viewing some pics of parks I have it appears that he is right.

                  Babe 1930.
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                  • #39
                    Babe knocked cold after running into Wall at Griffith Stadium
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                    • #40
                      I'm familiar with the hat trick in hockey, but in baseball and in the opposing teams home park. Here is Babe after hitting his third home run in the WS of 1928 in St. Louis. In the full picture you can see a good number of hats tossed on to the field by spectators.

                      Only a few innings before Saint Louis bleacher fans in left field were booing Ruth as he stood in the outfield. A bottle was thown at him, landing a few feet away.

                      After hitting this home run his third of the game the same fans gave him a standing ovation when he returned to the outfield.

                      1928 WS.
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                      • #41
                        This is Ruth giving and taking with the hostile St. Louis Cards fans in the left field bleachers a couple of innings before he hit that third home run, 1928 WS.

                        A bottle was thrown at him landing a few feet away. Ruth picked up the bottle reared back as though to toss the bottle back where it came from, the bleachers, fans ducked and covered up. He then tossed the bottle aside and flashed that famous grin, now the same fans cheered him, he had won them over.
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                        • #42
                          These two caught my eye far from Ruth's longest but both hit to the opposite field on successive days. Home runs number 32 and 33, August 16 and 17, 1929.
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                          • #43
                            Babe always DID have The Big Train's number....

                            What's another homer into the RF stands between friends? :o

                            Great footage, guys.


                            • #44
                              very old-timer who was there has a tale about Sodality Park, San Jose's long-gone semi-pro ballfield. Some remember the day Babe Ruth hit a monster shot past right field. Others tell how Ty Cobb ran back to his hotel when he was jeered after committing an error. Still others recall the "donkey games," which required outfielders to ride donkeys to pursue the ball.

                              The memories of Sodality's 27-year existence matter because of the coda. Across Los Gatos Creek from the old ballpark diamond, now home to the Orchard Supply Hardware off San Carlos Street near Bird Avenue, is the Del Monte Cannery, the site Mayor Ron Gonzales covets for major league baseball.


                              • #45
                                Originally posted by elmer
                                I also would like to see a less cropped version of that photo
                                I have been trying to pin down how high the slope was
                                on the outside of the running track for years. My best guess
                                is 6-7 feet. Anybody else have ideas? -- or revealing photos?

                                the fence as well. My total estimate of slope and fence is 15-16 feet
                                in right field. Ruth had it slightly tougher than most think.


                                Not much that I know of the slope, beginning a search. On the running track. That track was 4 feet wide, 400 feet in length and was actually measured and approved by the AAU. Any record made on that track would be official.


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