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A day for the Babe
NEW YORK CITY,
APRIL 27, 1947
– “The only real game in the world, I think, is baseball.” Those are the words
Babe Ruth mustered up enough energy to utter on this date in baseball history. He appeared at Yankee Stadium on
Babe Ruth Day despite the havoc throat cancer wreaked on his body. He’d been diagnosed the previous fall. Ruth could have appeared at just about any ballpark that day and been suitably honored, as
April 27, 1947 was declared
Babe Ruth Day in every organized baseball league in the country.
George Herman Ruth was born
January 6, 1895 in
Maryland. He was one of eight children, he and a sister,
Mamie Ruth, the only ones to survive infancy. Ruth's parents signed the custody of young George over to a Catholic boarding school when he was 7 because they said they couldn’t control him.
Did you ever wonder where George Herman Ruth got the name “Babe”? It was like this; George Herman could hit from the time he first played baseball at St. Mary’s
, but it was his pitching that attracted the interest of the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. They offered him a contract, but being still short of his 19th birthday, Ruth wasn’t a legal adult. Oriole’s owner
Jack Dunn adopted him. Not long after players began referring to him as “Dunn’s baby,” that connection, his child-like features and the fact that he was a rookie made the nickname, “Babe” a natural.