A Tribute to One of Baseball’s All-Time Greats

84 years ago today, the date was May 25, 1935, and the Boston Braves, now the Atlanta Braves, were in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, the former home of the Pirates. In 1935, the Braves had a player who is still referred to as one of the game’s most elite sluggers, Babe Ruth. Ruth had three hits in the contest at Forbes Field. Included in those three hits was the 714th career home run of The Great Bambino, as Ruth was known. Ruth’s 7th-inning solo shot was hit off of Gary Bush, a blast that would carry over the roof of Forbes Field. Although the Braves lost that game 11-7, this game still stands the test of time, as that would be George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s final home run of his career. Ruth had an illustrious 22-year career with Boston Red Sox (1914-1919), New York Yankees (1920-1934) and Boston Braves (1935). He died in 1948 in New York, New York. Recently his oldest daughter, Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone, passed away. Ruth was a 1936 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He now rests at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His record of 714 home runs would stand until April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron passed him by hitting his 715th homer. If you get the chance to visit the grave of Babe Ruth, do so, and while you’re there, tell him I asked about him.

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