In 1947 Babe Ruth was not only the biggest star in
baseball…he was arguably the most famous and beloved man in America.
Even those who cheered for another
major league teams during the summer looked past his Yankee pinstripes during
the off-season; seeing only the “larger than life” persona that The Bambino had
developed after more than three decades in the public eye.
So when "The Babe" celebrated what would be his
final Christmas (he passed away eight months later) by playing Santa Claus for
children stricken with polio in a globally distributed Newsreel, America – and
the world – felt a sense of pride and admiration for the man who had hit 714
career home runs while helping to turn baseball into America’s game and becoming
a worldwide hero of proportions that may never again be witnessed.