Babe Ruth and his kids
"Babe's love of kids was sincere. In many ways he was a big kid himself. I was in his room for dinner on the eve of the World Series in Chicago in 1932.... `I've got to go for a short trip, Grant,' he said. `Where are you going, right before a World Series?' I asked. `I'll tell you, but if you print it, I'll shoot you. I'm going to take a baseball to a sick kid on the other side of town. I promised his mother and father I'd come. He is pretty sick.' The place was 20 or 30 miles away--over an hour to get there and another to get back. No publicity." Grantland Rice
Liked to help young venders at Fenway Park before game.
Nov. 4, 1947
Playing Santa for Sister Kenny event, it was to be his last time, Christmas 1947. Funny story... a child asked him for a baby brother. First time my grandfather was tongue-tied! He said "how bout a rabbit?"
Even Babe was made fun of sometimes
"I won't be happy until we have every child in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing aglove and swinging a bat." Babe Ruth
Babe took St Mary's Band with him to help collect money for a new school.
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Rochester County, NY event to get kids to drink more milk. 1922
Jimmy Austin, St. Louis Browns 3Bman
"Now, Babe Ruth, he was different. What a warm-hearted, generous soul he was. Always friendly, always time for a laugh or a wise-crack. The Babe always had a twinkle in his eye, and when he'd hit a homer against us he'd never trot past third without giving me a wink. The Babe would give you the shirt off his back. All you had to do was ask him. The big fellow wasn't perfect. Everybody knows that. But that guy had a heart. He really did. A heart as big as a watermelon, and made out of pure gold."
Even when he was very sick. I bet they made him feel better!
" I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world...the kids...our national pastime." Babe Ruth