“Babe” Ruth was a baseball legend. You can find out why in When the Babe Came to Town. My new ebook shows how the Babe connected with the fans through his many exhibition and barnstorming games.When the Babe Came to Town is a collection of some of these stories highlighting games that Babe Ruth played in Emmitsburg, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania; Oakland, California and Cumberland, Maryland.
It was big news when Babe Ruth came to town. Many residents of these smaller towns unused to seeing Major League baseball games in the days before television. They had only read about Babe Ruth’s talent in the newspapers or heard about it on the radio. The Babe came to town and showed them what they were missing as he hit home runs out of the park.
There are a lot of these stories out there and I’m finding that how Ruth connects with the fans more interesting than the baseball games. These are exhibition games after all. When the powerhouse New York Yankees goes up against a Minor League, the winner isn’t in doubt, the margin of the win is.
When the Babe Comes to Town scratches the surface of these games. I hope to do more of them in the coming years. I just wrote another this week for my newspaper column in the Chambersburg Public Opinion.