Thursday, June 02, 2011

eBay: Babe Manning First

Yes, Babe Ruth was a Dodger. No, he never played a game on the field for us, but he was known to participate in pregame batting practice exhibitions for fans. He would slam home runs to the delight of early arriving fans. During games he would man first base as a coach in hopes of one day earning a spot as a skipper for the club. Unfortunately, team management saw him as more of a sideshow attraction to get the fans through the turnstiles. Below is a Sporting News Archives vintage press photo of Babe directing at 1st base.

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