SPORT 1927: Swat: Babe Ruth

Swat

Cheering, screaming frantic fanatics flooded George Herman ("Babe") Ruth with the wildest ovation ever accorded a baseball player. In the eighth inning of a New York game against Washington, Ruth hit a ball pitched by left-handed Thomas Zachary into the right field bleachers. The home run was Ruth's 60th of the season.

Said Frederick G. Lieb, sage baseball writer: "It is doubtful if anyone in that crowd will ever live to see another baseball player hit his 60th home run in a 154-game season. I saw Ruth hit his 59th in 1921 and never thought I would score the game in which...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!