On April 27th 1947 Baseball Commissioner Albert Chandler Sr. designated the day as Babe Ruth Day. On that day, Ruth, who had been recently diagnosed with throat cancer, addressed a crowd of over 50,000 fans. This speech was broadcast to stadiums around the country. Listen below-
Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, MD and started on the Baltimore Orioles when they were still a farm team for the Boston Red Sox. In a short period of time he was moved up to the major leagues. As pitcher for the Red Sox, Ruth won three championships over five years. Due to financial hardships the Red Sox traded Ruth to the Yankees in 1919. The Yankees went on to win four World Series over the next fifteen years, and the Red Sox didn't see another World Series until 2004.
Babe Ruth broke a ton of records during his 22 seasons. Some records even stand to this day. He was one of the first five players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, one year after he retired.
Ruth was also known for his work towards inspiring children to play baseball, since that is what saved him when he was a kid in Baltimore.
So Happy Babe Ruth Day! Play Ball!