Babe Ruth’s Barnstorming ends suddenly in Scranton, 1921

Babe Ruth in Scranton In 1921, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, and P Bill Piercy launched a barnstorming tour in Buffalo, NY. Five days later, they cut it short in Scranton, Pa. Kenesaw Mountain Landis put a ban on World Series participants playing post-season exhibitions,he thought it took away from the dignity of the game. The Babe was so popular in Scranton that it was rumored the local coal mines had to be shut down and schools closed early.

Babe Ruth was the most popular athlete in the United States in the 1920’s. He had many opportunities to tour the country for big money. He took the chance in 1921 and it cost him and the Yankees. Ruth openly challenged Landis to fine him.The judge obliges, fining the players their World Series shares—$3,362.26—and suspending them until May 20th of the next season.

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