For the first time in Major League History, Babe Ruth's plaque was removed from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Bambino's plaque was transported from upstate New York to Yankee Stadium for a unique chance to be seen in the Bronx.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ruth's start in baseball, Cooperstown decided to hit the road with the plaque. "It's the first time it has been moved out of the museum." said Hall president, Jeff Idleson. The plaque was on display behind the batting cage for Tuesday's Subway Series matchup between the New York Yankees and New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. It then made it's way to the Yankee's museum during the game for viewing by fans.
The famous plaque will travel to New York's Grand Central Station and then to Vanderbilt Hall on Wednesday as part of the "Paths Through History" traveling program. "It's here for the display tomorrow, but we figured why not bring it next door to the House That Ruth Built to show it off?" Idleson said.
"That's incredible, something to see," said Yankee Captain, Derek Jeter. Told that he would be joining Ruth in the Hall, shortly, Jeter replied," Hey hold on. I'm not ready to go there yet." This is only the fourth time in the history of the Hall of Fame that a plaque has left Cooperstown. The only other plaques to go on the road were those of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Harmon Killebrew. The Babe hit a home run on opening day of the original Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923 as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-1.
Ruth was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939 as part of the inaugural 1936 class. Joining Ruth were, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. Ruth received 95.1% of the votes which was second most amongst his class. Detroit Tiger legend, Ty Cobb received the highest vote percentage with 98.2. Ruth led the Yankees to seven American League Pennants and four World Series titles.
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