Babe Ruth

Man in a Suit Approaches Dodgers at First Night Game, 1938

Look carefully at the man in the suit, who is approaching a couple of the Brooklyn Dodgers in this photo of the historic first night game ever played at Ebbets Field. Could it be Babe Ruth? He's certainly built like the Bambino. Plus, we know the Babe was at this game. He drew a large enough crowd that Larry MacPhail noticed and made him an offer of $15,000 a year to coach first base.

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Second Night Game Ebbets Field, June 21, 1938

Second Night Game Ebbets Field, June 21, 1938

It's June 21, 1938, and in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the Bums, the Brooklyn Dodgers are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second ever night game in Ebbets Field. Babe Ruth attended the first night game on June 15, and the crowd loved him so much, that Larry MacPhail hired him as the first base coach. In this old picture, taken by a fan at the game, we see the Sultan of Swat, standing by the first base line wearing his new Dodger uniform.

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Yankee Stadium, 1938

Yankee Stadium, 1938

Fans prepare to enter Yankee Stadium for a game with mounted police on hand for crowd control.  At the time of this game, in 1938, the Yankees were in the midst of four season World Championship streak.  Babe Ruth had recently retired, but Lou Gehrig was still in the line-up and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had come on board two seasons prior -- coincidentally at the beginning of the streak.

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