Larrapin Lou and the Babe

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By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
August 6, 2014

George Herman “Babe” Ruth and “Larrapin” Lou Gehrig played in a barnstorming game on Oct. 15, 1927, at Muehlebach Field, Kansas City, Mo., to benefit Mercy Hospital.

The promotional card shows both Gehrig and Ruth donating a new electric refrigerator with a “monitor top” to officials at Mercy Hospital.

After the Yankees’ 1926 World Series win over the Cardinals, Ruth and Gehrig traveled as “Bustin Babes” and “Larrupin Lou’s” in a national “Home Run Tour” that awarded the Christy Walsh trophy cup to Babe Ruth as the slugger who hit the most homeruns at tour end. The result was not unexpected as Ruth belted a major league record 60 homeruns during the 1927 season. The site where this game was played is also of historic interest. Built as Muehlebach Field in 1923 and named after the owner of the Kansas City Blues of the American Association, the field also hosted the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues from 1923 to 1954 before being razed and rebuilt prior to the 1955 season hosting the Kansas City Athletics.

Mercy Hospital at the time was at 1750 Independence Ave., the present day home of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  

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