December 29, 1933 - Reds acting president Larry MacPhail tries to purchase the contract of Babe Ruth from the New York Yankees. MacPahil wanted to bring Ruth to Cincinnati as a player-manager, but Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert wouldn't release the Bambino from his contractual obligations.
Ruth played one more season with the Yankees and hit .288 with 22 homers in 125 games played. He was eventually sold to the Boston Braves on February, 26, 1935.
The Reds took another run at Ruth prior to the 1936 campaign, but he opted to stay retired instead.
Ruth is widely considered the greatest baseball player to ever lace 'em up. In 22 years in the league, 15 of which came with New York, Ruth tallied a ridiculous lifetime slash line of .342/.474/.690 with 714 homers, 2,213 RBI, 506 doubles, and a whopping 136 triples.
He was also an outstanding pitcher when he took the mound as well. Most of his pitching appearances came in his early years as a member of Boston, though. He posted a c...