As they have in years past, the Los Angeles Dodgers have held several “give away” games at Dodger Stadium in which fans who attended could take home a bobblehead, headphones, collectible pins and other items on designated nights.
Tuesday was one of the more unconventional give away nights as Babe Ruth bobbleheads were distributed. Ruth spent his entire playing career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and a short stint in a final season with the Boston Braves.
However, the Ruth bobblehead was outfitted in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. In a little known fact, Ruth served as the Dodgers’ first base coach in 1938 — three years after he retired. With the Dodgers trailing the San Diego Padres 6-2 in the ninth inning, Vin Scully told the story of getting Ruth’s autograph.
Scully remembers being a child around the age of 13 and regularly attending games at the Polo Grounds during the weekday for free. On one particular day, Scully said he noticed a group of people causing a stir and so he walked over to joint he crowd.
What he found was Ruth surrounded by kids asking the slugger for his autograph. Scully vividly detailed Ruth’s response to the autograph seekers and the manner in which he provided his signature.