Divers Search Lake for Ball Signed By Slugger
May. 27, 1987
TORONTO (AP) _ Police frogmen searched the edge of Lake Ontario for a baseball signed by Babe Ruth that was stolen from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
The baseball, signed by the slugger in 1925, was the showpiece of a display case commemorating Ruth's first home run as a professional, hit at Hanlon's Point Stadium in Toronto on Sept. 5, 1914.
Ruth was a member of the Providence Grays when he smacked the homer in a 9-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Two youths stole the ball, along with another baseball, and dropped them into the lake from a bridge at waterside Ontario Place, where the Hall of Fame is located. The second ball was recovered in the water.
Hall of Fame spokesman Dave Redmond said the Ruth ball was donated by an anonymous fan. Although worth about $5,000 to a collector, the museum considers it priceless, he said.
George Herman ''Babe'' Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and briefly for the Boston Braves. He died in 1948.