Babe Ruth Plays Santa Claus Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 26 November 2010

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.


 





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