In this column last week, we mentioned one important milestone in baseball – the longest game ever played ended in 1-1 tie after 26 innings. And both teams used only one pitcher for the feat!
Today, let’s celebrate the beginning of another important era in the Nation’s pastime. Because it was on May 6, 1915 that George Herman Ruth Jr. stepped up to the plate and hit the first of his legendary home runs. “Babe” was indeed a babe that day; the rookie player for the Boston Red Sox had turned 20 just three months earlier.
He would go on to become a legendary hitter (his record of 714 home runs lasted for half a century), pitcher and partier. With the possible exception of Mickey Mantle, the world has not seen another ball player like the Sultan of Swat. His accomplishments and his artifacts are still celebrated today.