Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ruth's first Home Run

99 years ago today Babe Ruth hit his first of 714 Home Runs. He and the Boston Red Sox were facing the New York Yankees.  They went into extra innings, but Ruth got the Red Sox on the board in the third inning.

Jack Warhop gave up the long ball but got the win.  1915 would be Warhop's last year in the majors after spending all 8 seasons with the New York Highlanders/Yankees.  Ruth would have 22 seasons with the Red Sox, Yankees and then finish with the Boston Braves.  He only hit 4 HRs in 1915.

Omaha World Herald - May 7, 1915

Here's the box score from retrosheet.org


  1. Very cool. Lost in the shuffle a bit is the fact that it appears that Ruth pitched a 13 inning complete game in the loss. Guess he didn't have a pitch count!

    1. Jamie, you're right. I saw that but I didn't think about it. He pitched in 32 games in 1915. 217.2 innings. That's about 6.2 innings per game. It would be interesting to track his outings by inning / game for that season.