Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Headlines on Jan. 6, 1920 say it all On this day 93 years ago Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a Yankee in a 6-0 victory over Boston. After going without a long ball in eleven April games, the Sultan of Swat saved his first of 659 Yankee dingers for a matchup with his former club. Herb Pennock, another future Yankee great, took the loss while Bob Shawkey tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just 4 hits. The Yankees purchased Ruth the previous January in a dubious deal that has yet to be forgotten by the two great cities. Boston’s owner, Harry Frazee, was in debt and facing a demand from his star pitcher for a $10,000 raise.  When Babe Ruth refused to play until he got his raise, Frazee decided to trade him.  Chicago offered Shoeless Joe Jackson and $60,000 while Yankee owners Jack Ruppert and Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston countered with a cash deal of $125,000 which the Red Sox readily agreed to. Additionally, the Yankees loaned Boston $300,000 with the mortgage to Fenway Pa...
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