When Babe Ruth Came To Long Beach

by Joe Segura
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(May 21, 2017, 12:30 a.m.) -- The police booking sergeant glanced for a split second at the $500, but most likely his jaw dropped as he recognized the stout figure of Yankee legendary slugger Babe Ruth. George Herman "Babe" Ruth -- dressed in sporting fishing attire --- had been arrested Jan. 22, 1927, charged on a misdemeanor child labor violation.

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The alleged incident, according to the warrant, reportedly occurred in San Diego, where minors appeared with Ruth.

Ruth and fellow Yankee legend Lou Gehrig had been barnstorming around the country --- from Iowa and westward to Denver, along with stops in San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Long Beach.

The record is not clear if Gehrig appeared with Ruth in San Diego or in Long Beach. However, they would appear in San Diego later that year.

In the barnstorming stops, the two legendary sluggers would give batting exhibits and give autographed baseballs.



In Long Beach, Ruth stopped for an exhibit at the State Theatre, once a fixture in the historic Jergins Building, which was later cleared away at Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue. And he went fishing during his leisure time.

Deputy Labor Commissioner Harvey Fremming made the arrest. Ruth's attorneys had the warrant dismissed in San Diego, and the episode did not dampen his love of giving batting exhibits.


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In October, after helping the Yankees win the World Series in a four-game sweep against the Pirates, Ruth and Gehrig returned to California and hosted an exhibit in San Diego's Balboa Stadium, according to the San Diego Tribune.

The slugger first visited San Diego in 1919, when he was 24, and considered buying a home in La Mesa. And there would be frequent post-season visits to the city.




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