A pitcher who deliberately gave Babe Ruth a home-run...

May 31, 1983
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A pitcher who deliberately gave Babe Ruth a home-run ball to please the fans 58 years ago has died at the age of 91.

Harry Weaver, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago Cubs from 1915 through 1919 with a career record of 3-6, died Monday at a nursing home, officials said.

In one of his most memorable games, Weaver was pitching for the Rochester Tribe -- now known as the Red Wings -- in an exhibition against the New York Yankees in 1925. The Rochester team was down by two runs in the seventh and the park was full of people as the legendary Ruth stepped to the plate.

Tribe manager George Stallings told Weaver the people wanted to see Ruth hit a home run -- so he ordered the pitcher to give the Babe a ball he could sock out of the park.

Weaver wound up and gave Ruth a fastball down the middle, which the slugger walloped over the right-field wall, the scoreboard, some trees and several houses. After the game, Ruth told the Rochester team it was the longest home run he'd ever hit.

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