Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Babe Ruth Day -- June 13, 2023

Saint Louis Globe-Democrat, 15-June-1948

In honor of the 25th anniversaries of Yankee Stadium and the Yankees win the 1923 World Series against the New York Giants, the team celebrated Babe Ruth Day. The Giants won the World Series in 1921 and 1922. 

Surviving members of the 1923 Yankees gathered to celebrate their greatest player. The team retired Babe's Jersey, number three, and preserved his old locker. Babe had been sick with cancer for two years. He died in August. 

New York Herald, 13-November-1921

The Babe was a cultural phenomenon. Here we see him performing at vaudeville's most famous theater, the Palace.

Motion Picture News, 21-October-1920

"The Great American Personality." Ruth starred in a feature film, Headin' Home. I have seen the movie and enjoyed it, but Babe was not much of an actor. Ruth played a cameo part in Harold Lloyd's Speedy.


In 1927, Ruth starred in the feature Babe Comes Home. The movie is presumed to be lost.


In 1942, Babe played his best role, himself, in Pride of the Yankees, a biography of Ruth's teammate Lou Gehrig.

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