Babe Ruth plays ball with some kids.

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Babe Ruth gets off a train, and joins in a baseball game with some kids who refuse to believe he is the Babe until one of them produces a newspaper with his photograph. His first action is as pinch runner when one kid is called indoors by his mother. He then gives a lesson in correct sliding technique, gives some batting tips, and hits an inside-the-park homerun against a quaking pitcher before grabbing his jacket and running for the departing train. Written by Anonymous

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1 January 1932 (USA)  »

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Featured as an Easter Egg on the For Love of the Game (1999) DVD. See more »

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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

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Babe Ruth teaches stealing!
3 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An amusing curiosity. Babe Ruth can't help but get off his train to play baseball with some kids, who won't believe he is who he says he is. Baseball fans like me will enjoy the old sandlot footage and seeing the Babe in action.

This seems to have been part of a weekly series of one-reelers in which Ruth would teach one or two more baseball fundamentals while goofing around in each installment. Here he instructs us on the fadeaway slide and how not to "step in the bucket" when hitting. Watching Ruth slide in slow motion while wearing slacks and a tie is a memorable sight.

The short ends on a suspicious note as Babe Ruth encourages kids to run onto the railway track by dropping his bag of extra baseballs on it.

If you have the "Love of the Game" DVD, why not check out the Easter egg?


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