Ruth to Appear at His House This Afternoon
Mike B. | On 02, Dec 2015
June 13, 1948
In 1923, Yankee Stadium opened and shortly afterward it became “The House that Ruth Built.”
Before today’s Indians and Yankees game, New York will honor 25 years in Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth himself. Ruth will make one final appearance in his Yankee No. 3 jersey before it is retired and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. His jersey will join Lou Gehrig’s No. 4 in Cooperstown. No Yankee will wear Gehrig or Ruth’s jersey again after today.
Ruth also will have the opportunity to do something he always dreamed of, but was never able to do – manage the Yankees. The remaining 1923 Yankees will take on a team of younger Yankees. The hour-long ceremony is expected to be in front of more than 70,000 spectators in the park, decorated with all their American League and World Series pennants.
Miller Huggins, the Yankees original manager in 1923, and Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri and Herb Pennock all have passed away, but infielders Wally Pipp, Mike McNally and Joe Dugan; outfielders Bob Meusel, Whitey Witt, Oscar Roettger, Hinkey Haines and Elmer Smith; catchers Wally Schang and Fred Hofmann and pitchers Bob Shawkey, Waite Hoyt, Sam Jones, Carl Mays and Bullet Joe Bush all will be present.
Ed Barrow will manage the latter-day Yankees. The squad will consist of pitchers Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, Ernie “Tiny” Bonham, Hank Borowy, Spud Chandler, Bump Hadley, Wilcy Moore, Lefty Gomez and Tom Zachary; catchers Bill Dickey and Pat Collins; infielders Mark Koenig, Frankie Crosetti, Joe Sewell, Joe Gordon and Red Rolfe; outfielders Samuel Byrd, George Selkirk, Myril Hoag, Jake Powell and Bud Metheny.
The Indians have allowed Gordon to don his former Yankee jersey and participate in the exhibition game and festivities.
Photo: Tom Sande/AP