05/25/2004: Today in baseball history...
is the anniversary of Babe's last hurrah. Let's let Baseball Library tell the tale of May 25, 1935:
Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting three home runs at Pittsburgh. The first shot is hit off Red Lucas, while the last two homers come off veteran Guy Bush. The final one, the last of his 714 career home runs, is the first to clear the RF grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet. With that, Ruth sits down in the dugout—Pittsburgh's—next to rookie Mace Brown. Ruth, who hit three homers in a game just once in the American League (May 21, 1930), is the first player to turn this hat trick in both leagues. Ruth lifts himself in the 7th inning, finishing the day at 4-for-4 and six RBIs. But Ruth's old teammate Waite Hoyt, in relief of Bush, is the winner as Pittsburgh defeats the hapless Braves, 11–7.Of course, the Babe's 714 career home runs set a major league record which stood until April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron launched his 715th homer into the stands.
Len on 05.25.04 @ 07:13 AM CST