Babe Ruth Cover ~ Mid-Week Pictorial/New York Times
92 Years Ago Today - September 22, 1921
Towel Time For Babe Ruth
Babe worked up quite a sweat during one of his many exhibition appearances to benefit the war effort during WWII. Fun fact: During Babe’s playing days with the Yankees (1920-34), the team didn’t wear the familiar “NY” logo on their home jerseys. Instead, they wore plain pinstripes. The “NY” came back to stay from 1936-onward. So, if you see a picture of The Babe wearing that logo, it’s after his retirement.
Young Babe Ruth Readies For the Camera - 1920
The movie camera and wooden fence in the background indicate that this might be a photo taken during spring training. The “1084” code number on the right looks like a still image marker from a studio…yet it doesn’t seem to be from “Headin’ Home”. If it were during the movie shoot, he’d be in heavy makeup and not wearing the Yankee pinstripes. Although uncredited (and Babe is essentially not posed), it looks like this picture may have been snapped by famed baseball photographer Paul Thompson.
1915 New York Yankees Team
An often told tale is that the Yankees switched their uniforms to pinstripes to cover the girth of the newly acquired Babe Ruth in 1920 (who wasn’t even that heavy…well not yet). That is purely a false myth, as evidenced by the use of Yankee pinstripes five years earlier here in 1915.