Baseball Shorts: Babe Ruth Joins The Giants

On October 23, 1923 Babe Ruth could be seen at the Polo Grounds in Giants gear. What was the occasion for the player who led to the expulsion of the Yankees from the Polo Grounds?

The Bambino did play with the Giants in a post-season fund-raiser for the team’s first owner, John Day, who had fallen on hard times after a series of strokes. Ruth hit a towering home run over the right field roof (which wasn’t hard for him since right field was only 258 feet deep at the Polo Grounds) as the Giants beat the minor-league Baltimore Orioles, the team he started his professional career with, 9-0.

It is a kind off surprising Ruth participated in this fund raiser. In the previous years, he was the main reason the Yankees drew much better crowds at the Polo Grounds. Manager John McGraw grew jealous and expelled them from the ballpark, which led to the construction of Yankee Stadium.

Ruth is shown with Giants’ manager John McGraw and also with Orioles’ manager Jack Dunn, and Giants’ pitcher Jack Bentley. Dunn used to play for the Giants and discovered both stars. Winning their seventh consecutive championship that season, the Orioles were a dynasty in the International League.

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