When the New York Yankees went to spring training in 1927, they had just come off a World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the seventh and deciding game, Babe Ruth was caught stealing in the bottom of the 9th inning for the final out, giving the Cardinals their first World Series championship.
The Cardinals and Yankees agreed to play exhibition games before the beginning of the 1927 season as the two teams headed north after Spring Training. Nashville was chosen as one of the locations. New York would have an outstanding team that year and become known as “Murderer’s Row” with 158 home runs during the season, 60 by Babe Ruth. The team would lead the American League from day one of the season, would face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series and take the championship.
April 7 was a special day for Nashville fans as “The Babe” was noted for his baseball heroics and the city was anxious to see the outstanding hitter and his teammates. With the defending World Series champion Cardinals coming to town added to the excitement.
The Tennessee State Legislature was undoubtedly excited to have Ruth in town, too. A resolution was adopted requesting him to appear at the Capitol before the exhibition game. After all, the Tennessee State Capitol was only about 8 blocks away.
Ruth sent word that he could not attend, as there just was not enough time before the game would begin.
What did the Legislature do? It moved to adjourn early to watch the Yankees-Cardinals play at Sulphur Dell which had been reconfigured over the off-season. Games were played during the afternoon, and the setting sun had been in the face of the batter until the club decided to turn the field around during the off-season.
Batters backs were to the State Capitol now. So was Babe Ruth’s, I suppose…