This Day in Sports - August 29, 1925: Babe Ruth Fined $5000 for Missing Batting Practice
Written by Jim Bankes   
Saturday, 28 August 2010 19:25

August 29: Big Trouble


George Herman "Babe" Ruth of the New York Yankees.


August 29, 1925: Ruth Fined for Showing Up Late for Batting Practice


The New York Yankees played the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park on Grand Avenue. As game time approached, Yankee manager Miller Huggins raged because his great star Babe Ruth, already having a bad year, failed to show up for batting practice.

Ruth finally arrived a few minutes before game time and Huggins jumped all over him. Ruth explained he had been at a Negro League game watching the St. Louis Stars, and said “he didn’t need any batting practice to hit against a bunch of bums like the Browns.”

Huggins immediately suspended Ruth and fined him $5,000 for missing batting practice.

Ben Paschal replaced Ruth in right field and drove in two runs as the Yankees beat the Browns 4-1 behind spitballer Urban Shocker.

Mostly due to his exceesive drinking and eating, Ruth finished a miserable year at .290 with 25 homers and only 66 RBI.

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