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Photo of the Day: Babe Ruth and his dad in a bar in 1915

Jun 14, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

Pretty much what it sounds like. From John Thorn:

Total hipster bar, man. Look at them serving those artisanal, pre-prohibition cocktails. All old man Ruth is missing is an affected handlebar mustache.

  1. yahmule - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Living over that bar is the primary reason young George was sent off to St Mary’s Orphanage when he was seven years old. Not the best environment to raise a youngster.

    The dog on the stool @ left-center makes the picture for me.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Those early years mingling with bar patrons might have been the reason he was such a people-loving gregarious guy. Then again, he might have gotten just enough of that, and needed St. Mary’s to learn self discipline. And baseball.

  2. sabatimus - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Anybody else surprised he was BEHIND the bar?

    • jfk69 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:43 AM

      Better behind it,than under it.

  3. kcroyal - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I didn’t know Babe Ruth had a dad!

    • zdravit - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Some say Babe Ruth never existed…

      • yahmule - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        “If Babe Ruth had not existed, it would have been impossible to invent him.”

        ~ anonymous teammate

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Did you guys know he wasnt actually a sultan?

    • yahmule - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      And they didn’t even have SWAT teams until the 60’s.

  5. kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Is that a urinal in front of the bar? Dammit I miss the old days!.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM


      • gloccamorra - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        A long narrow spittoon? Nope, that’s a urinal. It was pretty common a hundred years ago. There’s a reason the place was decked out with flowers, to mask the stench.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        You are probably right. I do not frequent bars; so, I was just guessing.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Call it what you will….I’m peeing in it!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Sorry to tell you, but the site is now a baseball stadium, and going in public there is frowned upon.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Depends which team it is, PC

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        Not sure where you’re looking, since what I see is a rail for a person to step against, perhaps knock the mud off your boots.

  6. ripwarrior - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM


    • kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I’m with you! We all know Ruth never went to bars.

  7. albanate - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    I saw this photo years ago…it’s on display at the Babe Ruth House in Baltimore. An interesting little museum. I recall that they had some books there I’ve never seen for sale anywhere else.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Yes! That’s right. I saw that photo there too — I thought it looked familiar, but couldn’t remember where I would have seen it. The Babe Ruth Birthplace is a cool little attraction, and a nice short walk from Camden Yards. If my memory serves me right, the bar in that picture was located where Camden Yards is now. I could be wrong about that..never fact checked it.

      Cool pic!

  8. John Thorn - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    George H. Ruth Sr.’s bar (the one in the image) was located at 38 South Eutaw near the corner of West Lombard, site of today’s “The Goddess,” a so-called gentleman’s club:,-76.620817,3a,75y,296.52h,90.12t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sHLHjXvC48ttyozw-WrmjJg!2e0!6m1!1e1

  9. jfk69 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Now you know where the phrase , “that place is going to the dogs”, comes from.
    see dog sitting in chair with no customers
    Thanks Cal
    Dog Upstages The Babe

  10. oliviasdad2 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    “Making your way in the world today takes everything you got…..”

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