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9 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 9:08AM #21
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Jan 6, 2012 -- 7:58PM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:

Jan 6, 2012 -- 8:57AM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

Jan 6, 2012 -- 5:39AM, BigGuy wrote:

Jan 5, 2012 -- 9:08PM, BillyTheKid wrote:

Jan 3, 2012 -- 5:38PM, BigGuy wrote:

Posted 1/3/12 at 5:00 PM

Is Jan. 3 greatest day in Yankees history?

On Jan. 3, 1920, the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $100,000. Exactly 53 years later, George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees from CBS.

Living in the Boston area, every Halloween I give out Baby Ruth's or Hundred Thousand dollar bars.  The kids have to pick one or the other, I urge them to choose wisely.

Some other interesting things about the Ruth sale is that, I read somewhere, that Frazee died poor in 1929, and Jacob Rupert paid for his funeral.  Frazee is buried in the same cemetary as Gehrig and Rupert.

I also read somewhere that Steinbrenner bought the rights to 'No No Nannette' and the musical was very profitable for Steinbrenner.


Good stuff. 

just heard very recently that this candy bar was'nt named after  "the Babe"; but rather some little girl named Ruth...I never knew that...I very much like your Halloween treats though, I would want one of each please

The name of the candy bar comes from the famous baseball player Babe Ruth The candy maker, located on the same street as Wrigley Field, named the bar "Baby Ruth" in 1921, as Babe Ruth's fame was on the rise, over 30 years after Grover Cleveland had left the White House, and 17 years after his daughter, Ruth, had died. The company did not negotiate an endorsement deal with Ruth, and many[who?] saw the company's story about the origin of the name to be a devious way to avoid having to pay the baseball player any royalties. Curtiss successfully shut down a rival bar that was approved by, and named for, Ruth, on the grounds that the names were too similar.[2]

In the trivia book series Imponderables, David Feldman reports the standard story about the bar being named for Grover Cleveland's daughter, with additional information that ties it to the President: "The trademark was patterned exactly after the engraved lettering of the name used on a medallion struck for the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, and picturing the President, his wife, and daughter Baby Ruth."[3] He also cites More Misinformation, by Tom Burnam: "Burnam concluded that the candy bar was named ... after the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Williamson, candy makers who developed the original formula and sold it to Curtiss." (Williamson had also sold the "Oh Henry!" formula to Curtiss around that time.) The writeup goes on to note that marketing the product as being named for a company executive's granddaughter would likely have been less successful, hence their "official" story.[4]

However, David Mikkelson of denies the claim that the Williamsons invented the recipe, as Mr. George Williamson was head of the Williamson Candy Company, producers of the Oh Henry! bar. He continues to say that "the Baby Ruth bar came about when Otto Schnering, founder of the Curtiss Candy Company, made some alterations to his company's first candy offering, a confection known as 'Kandy Kake.'"[5]

Baby Ruth sign at Wrigley Field

As if to tweak their own official denial of the name's origin, after Babe Ruth's Called Shot at Wrigley Field in the 1932 World Series, Curtiss installed an illuminated advertising sign for Baby Ruth on the roof of one of the flats across Sheffield Avenue, near where Ruth's home run ball had landed in center field. The sign stood for some four decades before being removed.


boy, oh boy..."holy cow"!...this is very impressive...ya' know I read this thesis three times and don't get me wrong Clipper, it's obviuos that you take your responsiblilties regarding your reputation and position associated with this message board extremely seriously...and we are all indebted to you for your sevices and accomplishments...but, honestly, it's still confusing to me...all I know for sure is that they are very good treats!...who would have thought  that I would be reading such an incredibly comprehensive account regarding a candy bar...say, I have an idea!...I can't imagine your documentation on "the evolution of the major league baseball bat"...go for it! will be phenomonal!  

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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