Jenkinson: Babe Ruth’s historic return to Baltimore in 1919

From SABR member Bill Jenkinson at Babe Comes Home on April 18, 2019:

Most Major League players are lucky if they achieve one truly historic moment in their careers. What can we say about a guy who does it twice in two weeks? About the only thing we can say is the name, Babe Ruth. We just celebrated the 100th anniversary of Babe’s nearly incredible feat of launching a baseball 552–feet through the air in Tampa, Florida on April 4, 1919. That epic drive contends for the distinction of being the longest home run in baseball history. Who could possibly compete with that?

Who indeed?

George Herman “Babe” Ruth stands alone as baseball’s greatest player as well as its most mythically empowered legend. So, yes, here we go again. On April 18, 1919, Ruth returned to Baltimore, Maryland (the city of his birth in 1895) as a member of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. He and his teammates were there to play two spring exhibition games as they traveled north from Florida to open the regular season at New York’s Polo Grounds on April 23.

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Originally published: April 18, 2019. Last Updated: April 18, 2019.