Detailing Babe Ruth’s Public Appearances in Seattle

From Casey McNerthney at on April 12:

Ruth’s last visit to Seattle was Aug. 21, 1947. He was supposed to appear at Sicks’ Stadium for a charity benefit, but was too sick to go, so his speech was broadcast on KOMO.

“Although he is still a long way from being in full health, he was the Bambino of old as he was interviewed last night from his room in the Olympic Hotel,” a P-I story read. “The interview by Royal Brougham was broadcast over the public address system at the Seattle ball park.”

Ruth, who looked frail in photo that ran with the article, directed his radio message mostly to the kids gathered.

“During my illness I vowed that if I ever recovered that I would devote my life to the kids,” he said. “And my message to the youngsters tonight is to play the game and do the best you can in all walks of life.”

Ruth then recalled his previous visits to Seattle and said he was looking forward to another visit here when he could renew acquaintances with his many Seattle friends.

Almost exactly a year later, Ruth died of cancer at age 53.

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See a PDF of the 1947 Seattle P-I story about Babe Ruth’s last Seattle appearance here.

Originally published: April 13, 2011. Last Updated: April 13, 2011.