Today is Babe Ruth Day. A day to remember, in my opinion, the greatest baseball player of them all: George Herman “Babe” Ruth. On this date in 1947 The Babe visited Yankee Stadium for the last time before succumbing to throat cancer a short time later. Babe was more than a baseball player, he was one of the first athletes to transcend sports in many different venues. He was in commercials, he was in movies, had his own line of merchandise, heck even during World War II Japanese soldiers were reported to yell “To Hell with Babe Ruth” when they charged American soldiers during battle. He was a symbol of America globally known before the age of CNN, Twitter, Facebook etc.
There are of course many stories and quotes attributed to Babe. Some fit for this blog, some not, but they all make up his legend which is as strong today as it was 50 or 75 years ago. How many people can you say that about? One of my favorite stories about him regards his love for food, hot dogs in particular. While playing for the Yankees, during a double-header the Babe supposedly once ate 12 hot dogs & 8 bottles of soda between games ! He was reportedly rushed to the hospital after the game with a severe case of indigestion. Can’t imagine why?
So in honor of that and in honor of The Babe here is the patent of the day: A “Food Article” from George Lyons of New Haven in 1925. Looks really similar to those mini hot dogs you might make around Christmas time! Ya know, the kind you stuff into your mouth 2 or 3 at a time? Maybe that’s just me though……of course I do it in honor of The Babe.