You Can’t Go Out Unrecognized, Can You?

Babe Ruth Signing Autographs

The Yankees won’t be in the World Series this year. The Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees three games to two in the American League Divisional Series last night. So we won’t be hearing God Bless America at Yankee Stadium during the 7th inning stretch for the rest of 2011 at the ballpark in the Bronx.

In 1936, after Babe Ruth retired, he did not show up to many ball games as a spectator.   He grew disillusioned with not being given the chance to get a management job in the game he loved and tended to avoid baseball parks. Of course it was always hard for Babe to go out in public without being besieged by autograph seekers. But he signed for everyone. That was the Babe.

In the photograph above Ruth is at Yankee Stadium for the 1936 World Series where the Yankees would be battling the New York Giants.

The large woman on the left side of the front row with the bow tie hat is the world famous Kate Smith. It is her rendition of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America that has been played for the past ten years at Yankee Stadium.

A couple of weeks earlier Ruth had appeared in a comedic sketch as a guest on Kate Smith’s radio program.

It seems none of the autograph seekers either recognize or want Kate’s autograph!

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