Zachary's Letter About Babe Ruth's 60th Home Run
Tom Zachary surrendered The Babe's groundbreaking
60th home run on September 30, 1927. This letter,
written in 1965 by Zachary, recounts the home
run and reveals Zachary's still-brewing anger
at the circumstances of the event nearly 40 years
"…Tied 2-2 in 8th. 2 outs, one man
on and a count of 3 and 2 strikes on Ruth. I threw
him a curve, but I made a bad mistake. I should
have thrown a fast one at his big fat head. Lost
game, 4-2. It was a tremendous swat down right
field foul line. At that time there were just
bleacher seats in right field with foul pole.
But since (at first) It went so__ and far up in
bleachers that it would be difficult to judge
it accurately. I hollered "foul ball"
but I got no support, very little from my team
mostly so it must have been a fair ball - but
I always contended to Ruth that it was foul."
P.S.: In the 9th inning, pitching legend Walter
Johnson made his final appearance as a player.
He pinched-hit for Zachary and flied out to Ruth!
|This ad ran in the
Boston Herald Examiner the day after Babe
Ruth hit his 60th home run. Even then, people
wanted to buy the historic home run balls.
Today, $750 dollars wouldn't do it, but maybe
$2 million would!