Babe Ruth

Address to Fans on 'Babe Ruth Day' at Yankee Stadium

delivered 27 April 1947, Yankee Stadium, New York

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Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.

You know how bad my voice sounds -- well it feels just as bad.

You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys.

And after you're a boy and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in your national pastime, the only real game -- I think -- in the world, baseball.

As a rule, some people think if you give them a football, or a baseball, or something like that -- naturally they're athletes right away.

But you can't do that in baseball.

You've gotta start from way down [at] the bottom, when you're six or seven years of age. You can't wait until you're fifteen or sixteen. You gotta let it grow up with you. And if you're successful, and you try hard enough, you're bound to come out on top -- just like these boys have come to the top now.

There's been so many lovely things said about me, and I'm glad that I've had the opportunity to thank everybody.

Thank you.

Also in this database: Babe Ruth's Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Address

And also: Cal Ripken, Jr: Farewell to Baseball Address

Also also: Lou Gehrig Farewell to Baseball Address

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