According to Harold Hollis, who covered the game as a 24-year-old reporter for the local Cooperstown newspaper, “Everybody yelled, ‘Drop it, drop it, drop it,’ because they wanted to see him hit one out.”
Ruth, four years retired from the game, later admitted, “I’m too old … I can’t hit the floor with my hat.”
After the game, Ruth famous love of children was in evidence as he agreed to pose for a photo for 14-year-old Fred St. John.
“He said, ‘Wait a minute, I think you’ve got your finger on the lens,’” St. John recalled. “He got me all lined up and he said, ‘Now point it and take a deep breath and hold still and then shoot it.’ And so I did and he said, ‘There, I don’t want anybody to take a bad picture of me.’”
Although he didn’t hit one of his awe-inspiring home runs, the Ruth’s fans didn’t end this historic day disappointed. “Gee,” a 10-year-old boy was overheard saying, “ain’t the Babe wonderful?”