Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 27th 1947, Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Yankee’s Stadium.
The Yankees hosted Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. The event was held to honor the ailing baseball star, which was nearing the end of his life because of throat cancer.
Ruth, the legendary “Sultan of Swat,” died a year later at age 53.
George Herman Ruth spent most of his childhood at a Roman Catholic reformatory in Baltimore and rarely saw his parents.
A reportedly ill-behaved and free-spirited student, Ruth found an escape in baseball, a sport taught by a Catholic brother at the school.
In 1914, at age 19, Ruth joined the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where teammates gave him the nickname Babe.
Later that season, he was acquired by the major league Boston Red Sox.
However, the Red Sox sold Ruth to the Yankees for a large sum. It is often said that the team owner Harry Frazee made the deal to finance the production of his Broadway play, though Ruth’s demands for more money and reckless off-field behavior were his true motivation.
Ruth’s popularity allowed the Yankees to move to their own ballpark in the Bronx, which became known as the House That Ruth Built.
Ruth had his greatest season in 1927, hitting 60 home runs, a record that would stand until 1961.
What about the candy bar named Baby Ruth, was that named after the baseball player Babe Ruth?
Although the name of the candy bar sounds like the name of the famous baseball player Babe Ruth, the Curtiss Candy Company traditionally claimed that it was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth Cleveland.
The candy maker, located on the same street as Wrigley Field, named the bar “Baby Ruth” in 1921, as Babe Ruth’s fame was on the rise, 24 years after Cleveland had left the White House, and 17 years after his daughter, Ruth, had died.
After playing 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ended his career on June 2, 1935.
As we celebrate how on April 27th 1947, Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Yankee’s Stadium.
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