Baseball Legends Babe Ruth And Lou Gehrig In Picture Of The Day


In 1927, USC played Notre Dame before 120,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The night before the game, an event was held to hype the game and it featured baseball legends Babe Ruth (in a Notre Dame jersey) and Lou Gehrig (in a USC jersey).

Lou Gehrig in a USC jersey!

The event also promoted the Stanford-Yale game, which is why Stanford coach Glenn “Pop” Warner (far left) is in the picture along with Irish coach Knute Rockne (center next to Ruth) and USC coach Howard Jones (second from the right). Yale coach Tad Jones (far right, younger brother of Howard) and baseball agent Christy Walsh (center, left of Gehrig), who organized the event.

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  • Of course the Rudys got the Bambino!!! They always manage to out-do the Poor Cousins!!

    Just like they got their own mega network deal, while the trOXans have so much clout their deal gets them EXACTLY THE SAME money as Wash St & Utah….(chortle)


    • TrojanFamily

      Only someone who knows nothing about baseball would consider Ruth the better get. Gehrig was a helluva guy, never tainted by all the scandals, and performed at an amazingly high level despite a muscular degenerative condition named after him. N top of it, when he was forced to retire, he spent nearly the rest of his two remaining years as a correctional officer in the NY juvenile system helping kids overcome mistakes and making something of his life.

      Real baseball fans know Gehrig is probably the most underrated hitter in history.


      • UCLA owns LA Football

        I agree that Gehrig was a special person and Yankee baseball immortal. Yet Yankee Stadium will always be known as ” the House that Ruth built.”

        • these Dummies such easy marks!!! OF COURSE Lou was an all time great, but WHO would deny Ruth is the greatest??? Only a Dummy falling into a rat trap!!!


      • gotroy22

        BM actually thinks he is a baseball buff as well as a college scout and Star Wars geek.

    • gouxtroy22


      • gotroy22

        Poor Golly-Nerd, bitter after yet another shutout at the “When Nerds Attack” Comic Con Convention Best Star Wars Costume contest!

        • Guest

          Aren’t you the guy who cries when the Cal Poly grad posts the same thing from four months ago? You’ve posted the same line about a hundred times since Comic Con began! Maybe you should just write “ibid” instead.

          • gotroy22

            That’s interesting, you haven’t objected to one of rah rah CowPolyFan3.0’s thousands of potty-mouthed repeats. Yet you come to the aid of the Smurf obsessed rah rah Golly-Nerd. Why is that “Guest”? Or should I say CheapLies?

          • gotroy22
    • Jack B

      Typical Troll. Doesn’t know real value. “The Iron Horse” wore number 4, the first number ever retired by the Yankees. In 1927, the year of this photo, Gehrig was the league’s MVP. As far as money goes, the “Trojan Horse” is loaded. The bruins are broke as usual, hoping to finally get started next year sometime on your first ever 100-yd field.

      • UCLA owns LA Football

        So SUCC will be fielding Men’s Soccer and Women’s Softball teams in 2014?

        • Guest

          Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?

          • Jack B

            Perfectly stated. Hall of Fame post. uclaownszilch probably doesn’t get it.

          • gouxtroy22

            That’s odd – that’s how much my last movement weighed as well…

          • gotroy22

            Golly-Nerd, sounds like entering the corn dog eating contest at the “When Nerds Attack” Comic Con Convention Friday night was not a good decision…you better talk to BM, stat!

  • rusoviet

    The most famous of all the NYY World Series Champions the 1927 squad – this moment was a full 7 weeks after the series ended – winter fast approaching. Babe Ruth never attended anything after basic schooling while Gehrig was a Columbia University graduate.

    The game was played as noted, in front of an estimated 120,000 fans a record that has stood to this day.

    Notre Dame 7 USC 6

  • TrojanFamily

    Great photo, Scott!

  • TrojanLights

    Great photo Scott. Thanks for sharing.

  • gouxtroy22

    I wish there was Pulitzer for blogging because this post would have put 2014 in the bag for you, Scott!! And no need to cite any historical sources or credit the photographer who took the picture – all you rah rahs need to bow down to the Wolfman and the new Wolf Order of Blogging/”Journalism”

    • gotroy22

      We wish there was a special “When Nerds Attack” Comic Con Convention MVP award for you, Golly-Nerd!

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN TIME…quite a photo

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    You can’t see him in the photo because he is hidden behind the table but the Bruins were represented by Eddie Gaedel.

    • gotroy22

      They were still a two-bit teachers college on Vermont in 1927.

      • TrojanLights

        My HIgh School Manual Arts beat UCLA in 1919 by a score of 74-0. So the Bruins could not hang with the big boys back then. It was between men and our main rival during the Roaring 20’s

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    • WEB_Dupree

      I had to google that one…

      • this reminded me of the recent reader who was making disparaging remarks about Billy Barty (none other than the Departed Nubsie)…i heard years ago that Barty played football for LA City College. i found this from the internets:

        “In 1942, with Vaudeville on the wane, Barty went back to
        school, attending Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles
        State College, majoring in journalism. “I lettered in
        basketball and football, and, not only wasn’t I ever
        seriously injured, the football coach designed seven plays
        around me. My position was left halfback and I once played
        in the L.A. Coliseum.”

        this is remarkable…almost unbelievable…but who would ever question Billy Barty’s integrity??

        • and this:

          BB: Yeah, I coached Little League. I played at L.A. City College in 1945, and I played basketball at L.A. State. I even played
          semi-pro baseball. [Laughs.]

          O: You’d be a pretty hard man to pitch to, I’d imagine.

          BB: Definitely! I batted .500! One for two, and I had 45 walks! And seven stolen bases, even.

          O: Ever get hit by a pitch?

          BB: No.

          O: I’d think it would be maddening to find your strike zone.

          BB: It is! it is! Like Eddie Gaedel at St. Louis [a little person the St. Louis manager trotted out to protest changes in baseball’s strike-zone rules].
          But I played ball, and I proved that I could play second base, pitch, and run. Anyway, that’s why I didn’t get back into the entertainment
          business until about ’47. I did a thing called Three Wise Fools, then one thing led into another, and I did a lot of TV shows. I ended up
          in 1949 in New York City, as the co-host of a children’s show……

          • finally testimony from a witness: (in LAT letters)

            Remembering Billy Barty
            January 07, 2001

            I would like to add my testimonial to the fact that Billy Barty (Obituaries, Dec. 24, and Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29) did indeed play college football–and not on just a pickup team, but on the college’s regular varsity team, winning him a letterman’s sweater, which he wore proudly on campus.

            I attended Los Angeles City College
            after World War II, from 1947 to 1950. I was features editor of the college newspaper, The Collegian, right after Billy had been advertising
            manager, and I eventually became Associated Students vice president. I personally saw him play in a regularly scheduled game with another
            college. Not only did he play on the college team, but they actually devised a special play just for him. They would give him the football
            and then pick him up and throw him over the line of scrimmage to the stunned amazement of the other team.

            I think Billy also made a letter in basketball. I once watched him play. He could run like hell and was even able to make very accurate long
            deadeye shots into the basket. A good part of the time, when I would see him on campus, he had a beautiful full-sized girl on each arm.

            The last time I saw Billy was at a recent reunion luncheon of the now-defunct L.A. City College journalism fraternity, Gamma Delta
            Upsilon, at which he talked briefly about his football-playing days. We will all miss him very much.

            ARNIE GORDON
            Woodland Hills

        • WEB_Dupree

          I googled nobs, billy barty, and inside usc, to see what on earth you were talking about, and all I found was this old thread…

          http://www.insidesocal [dot] com/usc/2013/01/30/usc-morning-buzz-2/

          …with a few Bucket posts written in Count Smackula voice! Things that make you go Hmmm, as Arsenio used to say.

  • trojan92

    This is a Fantastic photo!!!

  • john wolcott

    Wow, Ruth and Gehrig shilling for college football

    Still, that is one unforgettable photograph.

  • Excellent post and great find – thank you Scott! Shared this with my love ones.