Babe, Lou Signed for Gutsy Dayton Fan in ’28

He knocked on Babe Ruth’s hotel room door 80 years ago Sunday and found the babe wrapped in…a towel.


Two generations ago, late October was meant for barnstorming not World Series games that end after midnight.

Babe Ruth and his Bustin Babes and Lou Gehrig and his Larrupin Lous saw more of the country than Lewis and Clark during the 1920s. One such stop took them to southern Ohio, where the Babe threatened to bench himself if they couldn’t find some ‘home run balls’ at the local sporting goods store.

No doubt, he signed dozens of autographs during that visit, including one ball that still exists, along with the story of how it was obtained.


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