Baseball season has just wrapped up with the Washington Nationals beating the Houston Astros to win their first World Series title ever. It reminds me of a baseball game played here in Perry back in 1922.
In October of 1922, Babe Ruth and a less popular but still very successful player in his own right, Bob Meusel, came to town to play an exhibition game. There was a lot of hype and excitement, as you can imagine, leading up to the event. The Perry branch of the American Legion had organized the event and hoped to make a tidy sum of cash off of ticket sales. Unfortunately, the day ended up being cold and dreary, and even though the rain mostly stopped an hour or so before the game began, the attendance was much lower than hoped. Ruth and Meusel ended up taking most of the profits home with them. I guess that’s what happens when you play a baseball game on Friday the 13th.
The game was against Pella, and Meusel played for them while Ruth played for Perry. Meusel hit a homerun and Babe hit a couple of triples. You’d think “The Sultan of Swat” could have managed at least one homer, but apparently the outfield wasn’t enclosed by a fence, which enabled the outfielder to get to the ball and throw it back in before the lumbering Ruth could get past third base.
I hadn’t realized until recently that the Ku Klux Klan was very active in Perry around that same time. I also didn’t know that the KKK was extremely anti-Catholic. Babe Ruth was Catholic and is said to have even visited St. Patrick’s School while in town. You would think given the fact that, according to a The Perry News article, a KKK grand master lived in town, there would have been protests and maybe even a cross burning. In reality, Babe Ruth coming to town was such a big deal that KKK members decided to forgo their prejudice for the day and instead sat in the stands and cheered for him and the hometeam along with everyone else. I guess that’s what happens when you play a baseball game in Perry. God bless America.
Merry Christmas readers!
This blog post is more of a heads up about things that have happened recently and an update about our hours over the holiday season.
First, I would like to thank everyone that came to the Dedication for the Wall of Witnesses relief of Mike Kanealy. Although the relief was not quite finished yet, it was still a wonderful event. Plenty of people came and shared their stories of Mike, as well as ate a cake with his picture likeness in the icing. If you want to read more about it, you can read the article on theperrynews.com here: http://theperrynews.com/family-and-friends-draw-perfect-likeness-of-mike-kanealy/
Secondly, I want to remind you all about the QR Code Tour in the Hotel! There are about 25 QR codes in the Hotel Pattee, and each one will lead you to more information and fun facts about the art that you are seeing in the Hotel. If you have some time this holiday season, why not swing by with your family and learn something new?
Finally, I wanted to let you all know that the Hometown Heritage office will be closed until the New Year. We will be open January 4th though, so feel free to stop by!
So I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!