“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Delanco in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“Babe” Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth

"Babe" Ruth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Fritz, circa 2015
1. "Babe" Ruth Marker
This small historical marker commemorates the largest sporting event in Delanco history, the day George Herman "Babe" Ruth came to Delanco to play an exhibition game. The town has celebrated Babe Ruth Day frequently since 1994 when former mayor, Dick Mueller established the event by proclamation.
Inscription. On July 1, 1924, Babe Ruth hit a home run on this Athletic Field in a game between Delanco and the Burlington County All-Stars. Over 5000 baseball fans attended this historical baseball game.
Erected by Presented by Delanco Women's Civic Club.
Location. 40° 3.012′ N, 74° 57.062′ W. Marker is in Delanco, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Cooper Street and Hickory Street, on the right when traveling north on Cooper Street. Touch for map. The athletic field was dedicated July 4, 1922 and has been in continuous use as a baseball venue in Delanco since that time. Marker is in this post office area: Riverside NJ 08075, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delanco's Tribute to Those Who Lost Their Lives in the Second World War 1941 - 1945 (approx. half a mile away); Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); To Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice - Korea - Vietnam (approx. half a mile away); Andalusia (approx. 1.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); World War II Observation Tower (approx. 1.6 miles away); Katharine Drexel
Babe Ruth Field image. Click for full size.
By Peter Fritz, circa 2015
2. Babe Ruth Field
Designated on July 4, 1922 as Delanco Park, an athletic field for baseball, the field was the site of the Babe Ruth exhibition game on July 1, 1924, which forever changed its name to Babe Ruth Field. Newspapers reported 5,000 people attended the game. Babe Ruth hit an over-the-fence home run in the fifth inning, the first fence-clearing homer in the history of the park.
(approx. 1.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Avenue of Flags (approx. 1.6 miles away); New Riverside Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delanco.
Regarding "Babe" Ruth. Babe Ruth, who was playing for the New York Yankees in 1924, received special permission to play an exhibition game in the tiny town of Delanco New Jersey. It was widely advertised and the event became the largest in Delanco history. The Pennsylvania railroad ran extra trains and newspapers estimated that 5,000 people attended. Babe Ruth played for the Delanco team and the Burlington County All-Stars were engaged to oppose them. Ruth's homer came in the fifth inning. He "socked it a terrific thump and the pellet sailed far and away over the fence in right field, for the first time in the history of Delanco Park." "It gave Delanco a 4 - 2 lead that was thereafter not disputed", according to a newspaper account.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2017, by Peter Fritz of Delanco, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2017, by Peter Fritz of Delanco, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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