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The Babe: 1923

The Babe: 1923

New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth, in a Giants uniform, with Giants manager John McGraw at an exhibition game with the Baltimore Orioles on October 3, 1923, at the Polo Grounds. Ruth played in the Giants outfield for the game, which was a benefit. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Babe

In honor of the Philadelphia Phillies' 10,000th loss today we look to the greatest batter who ever played, Babe Ruth. Gee we wish we had you at any time in our history.

Actually if I had read the

Actually if I had read the whole blurb below the picture I would have found out why the Babe is in a Giants uni, my bad.

[Actually I added that info to the caption after you pointed it out! - Dave]

The Babe

Another great baseball pic, and probably pretty rare. Does anyone notice anything peculiar about the Babe's uniform? It's a Giants uniform. The year is correct. The only year the Giants wore the N.Y. logo on their chest with those socks was 1923 (according to the Hall of Fame's website). Why he is in a Giants uniform is anyone's guess, since he never played for or coached the Giants.

One thing to keep in mind while viewing this picture is the fact that McGraw really didn't like Ruth. He thought the Babe was ruining baseball with his power game of home runs and more home runs.

Larger than life

He was the "Babe" - thanks for posting this great shot

 
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