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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Old News, New News

American baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
What I read today on’s “Did You Know” column was quite interesting. Not that I know anything about baseball, but I never heard or knew anything about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (two names which are quite familiar even to non-baseball fans) ever visiting and playing in the Philippines. But since the Philippines was under American occupation that time, it’s not at all impossible for that to happen. And it did happen 73 years ago. Following is the article from

Did you know

By Cyril Bonabente
Last updated 10:55pm (Mla time)

American baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played against Filipinos in December 1934 at the then spanking new Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

The three-game goodwill series between the Americans and Filipinos was swept by the US major league all-star team.

The afternoon matches sold tickets at P2 each, a considerable amount back then, for the bleachers section.

It just makes me wonder why baseball didn’t gain as much popularity here as basketball has.


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