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“The Babe”, George Herman Ruth, was the first sports superstar. He had the potential to be baseball’s greatest left-handed pitcher. Instead, he moved to the outfield and became its greatest hitter. Until Ruth arrived in New York in 1918, the Yankees had never won a pennant. Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York on August 16th 1948. He lied in state at Yankee Stadium and St. Patrick’s Cathedral more than 100,000 mourners would show their respects. . . . Babe Ruth has the most tags on This Day In Baseball,
August 16th, 2010 New York Giant Great, Bobby Thomson passes away. On October 3rd 1951, dubbed the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” Thompson hit a game-deciding, three-run home run the final game of a three-game playoff between the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. It is considered by many to be one of the most memorable and dramatic homers in baseball history. . . . LISTEN TO THE RADIO CALL and if you have the time THE FULL RADIO BROADCAST.
August 16th 1940- Jimmie Foxx smashes two homers to help the Red Sox beat the Senators. The two round trippers move him ahead of Lou Gehrig on the all-time list with a total of 495. . . . READ MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT
August 16th, 1966 – Willie Mays hits his 534th home run, matching Jimmie Foxx’s record for right-handed batters, as Gaylord Perry beats the Cardinals, 3 – 1. Read More about this game . . . Listen to Mays talk about his career.
August 16th 2002 The Twins down the Red Sox, 5 – 0, in the process ending Pedro Martinez’s scoreless inning streak at 35.
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