Monday, June 02, 2008

Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth in Orange County

Be sure to check out the LA Times story today about a barnstorming event during a late October afternoon in 1924 that saw local favorite and Hall of Famer Walter Johnson face off against Babe Ruth and his bat and pitching arm.
Ruth didn't hit a home run for any kid in the hospital that day but he did, according to accounts, conk a boy on the head with a ball.

Brea resident W.E. Griffith, who attended the game, years later recounted to The Times that Ruth "hit a foul ball that bounced off a car and hit a boy in the head. He started bawlin' and Ruth walked over to him, handed him a silver dollar and said: 'Don't cry kid -- here.' "

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