Here’s excerpts from an article in the New York Times of June 3, 1915, describing the previous day’s Red Sox-Yankees game:
His name is Babe Ruth. He is built like a bale of cotton and pitches left-handed for the Boston Red Sox. All left-handers are peculiar, and Babe is no exception, because he can also bat. Between his pitching and batting at the Polo Grounds yesterday the Yankees were as comfortable as a lamplighter at a gunpowder factory. When Babe Ruth finished the Yanks were clinging for dear life to the slim end of a 7-to-1 score.
Ruth’s pitching was so speedy and elusive that the Yankees got five scattered hits, and his batting amounted to a home-run smash into the right field grand stand.
What the Yanks evidently need are some peculiar left-handed pitchers. . . .
There were two out in the second inning when Thomas was hit by a lurid pitch of Warhop’s. Ruth was then at the bat. The big pitcher’s architectural make-up is of such a nature that it doesn’t lend itself to speed. He rather rolls along. No one knows this better than Ruth and that is why, when he hits the ball, he makes home runs. . . . His clout was the longest of the season and it propelled Thomas home ahead of him. . . .
In the sixth, Gardner and Thomas singled, but Gardner was thrown out trying to reach third. Ruth had Warhop scared and got a pass.
Despite all this talk about Ruth’s power, he still batted ninth for Boston, and pitched the full nine innings for his 7-1 win. The interesting thing about this game summary is that it shows how much Ruth was known as a slugger even early in the 1915 season. It makes you wonder why the Red Sox waited so long to start having him hit more, and what he was doing at the end of the lineup. It also shows that the New York media was already aware of what Ruth could do for the Yankees.