Young Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces the Boston Braves and 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth in his first at-bat, then with two strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses for a strikeout. Dean wins the game, 7 – 0, and in his first at bat, hits a…
1948 A day after Babe Ruth dies, Yankees Tommy Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season tying one of Ruth’s records. The slam, off the Senators’ Sid Hudson, joins Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Rudy York – and, later, Al Rosen and Ray Boone – for an AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit…
Detroit Tigers rookie Rudy York sets a new record for home runs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse the Yankees Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. Sammy Sosa of the Cubs will break that mark in 1998.
1947 This date was Babe Ruth Day at all MLB parks. A crowd of 58,339 at Yankee Stadium honors the ailing slugger, but the Yankees lose to the Washington Senators 1-0. Ruth would pass away August 16, 1948.
Babe Ruth announces his retirement as a player at age 40. Six years later to the day, Ruth’s long-time teammate with the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig, dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. From that time on, the illness is popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit, a home run to Lou Gehrig, as the touring American All-Stars win in Japan, 1-0. At one point Sawamura strikes out four future Hall of Famers in a row: Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Gehrig.
Babe Ruth, as the debated legend has it, called his home run against Chicago Cub’s Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series. The game was won by the New York Yankees, 7-5, at Wrigley Field. Both Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit two homers for the Yankees.
Eddie Mathews hits his 28th home run of the season as the Braves win 4-3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, during the years of 1954-1965, becomes the top home run tandem in major league history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 home runs while playing together with the New York Yankees.