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Babe Ruth’s Connection
To Panther Hollow

On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit three home runs while playing at Forbes Field. On his last and final home run of his career, number 714, the ball sailed over the right field roof and landed on Joncaire Street, the main street leading into Panther Hollow.

The ball was retrieved by Panther Hollow resident Henry "Wiggy" DeOrio. He kept the prized ball in a drawer at his home for 12 years, and then donated the ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In return, he received a lifetime pass to visit there. Below is a letter from Baseball Commissioner Albert Chandler thanking Wiggy for his generous donation..

Babe Ruth
Babe Rith
Forbes Field
Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
Forbes Field
Henry Wiggy DeOrio
Henry "Wiggy" DeOrio.
Henry Wiggy DeOrio
Henry "Wiggy" DeOrio.
Commissioner of Baseball Letter to Wiggy DeOrio
 
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