Babe Ruth Day
About Babe Ruth Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always observed on April 27
Babe Ruth Day, an April 27 holiday, honors the “Great Bambino, one of Baseball’s greatest players ever.
On April 27, 1947, Babe Ruth attended Yankee Stadium for Babe Ruth Day. It was to be the second last time he was at the stadium. In 1946, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Back then, there was not as much treatment as there is today.
On this day in 1947, baseball’s “The Bambino” returned to “The House that Ruth Built” to be honored.
Babe Ruth Trivia
- He first gained fame as a left-handed pitcher. Later in his career, he switched to outfielder.
- Bambino means “baby boy” in Italian.
- His first nickname was “Babe”. He was also called the “Sultan of Swat”.
- He ended his career in a Boston Brave uniform.
- Babe hit 714 home runs.
- Amazingly, he was not a unanimous selection for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Babe’s lifetime hitting percentage was .690.
How to Celebrate Babe Ruth Day
- Read a book on Babe Ruth.
- Attend a baseball game.
- Collect some Babe Ruth memorabilia.
Quote Straight from the Bambino: ” Yesterday’s home runs do not win today’s games.”
History and Origin of Babe Ruth Day
Albert Chandler, commissioner of Baseball from 1945 to 1951, started this holiday. The first celebration was on April 27, 1947.
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