Writer goes to bat for Babe Ruth

BRODIE FENLON -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

A local author wants to ensure a legendary piece of Toronto's baseball history is never forgotten.

Jerry Amernic has been campaigning for months to erect a heritage site at Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in 1914.

While a small historical plaque marks the site near the island airport, Amernic wants to erect three large historical signs in a landscaped area.

"We pave over our history in this city and in this country. I thought we could do more to honour that home run," said Amernic, whose campaign coincides with the promotion of his first work of fiction, Gift of the Bambino.

The novel begins with that home run on Sept. 5, 1914, when 19-year-old rookie pitcher George Herman Ruth hit the ball out of the park for the triple-AAA Providence Grays. The team went on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-0 in a one-hit shutout.


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