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In The Pipeline: Local Babe Ruth footage unearthed

August 15, 2012|By Chris Epting

As the Long Beach Police Historical Society reported in 2009 on the hunting trip, "Duck blinds were readied and Thomas said he spent the first night of the hunt in the Babe's blind. Ruth got so drunk that Thomas was afraid that Ruth might accidentally shoot him. Thomas reported that on the second night of the hunt he stayed with Gehrig in his blind."

Does this footage document the results of Babe's bender?

Suddenly, the elegant Gehrig also appears, and is seen picking through the Babe's hair the way a primate might groom a partner or look for insects in its fur.

Column space prevents me from rambling too much more about what a sparkling historic discovery this is, and what it represents. Carolyn was generous enough to let me shoot a few stills from the footage. We also talked about presenting the footage publicly in several weeks at one of my next events for "Baseball in Orange County."

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I will let you know the date in the hopes that we can all sit together in the dark and bask in the beauty of this startling portal, where beautiful, graceful people dance and cavort; where Lindbergh and Chaplin still live and where the Babe is, well, the Babe.

CHRIS EPTING is the author of 19 books, including the new "Baseball in Orange County" from Arcadia Publishing. You can chat with him on Twitter @chrisepting or follow his column at http://www.facebook.com/hbindependent.

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