CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - New Yorkers recently bid farewell to "The House That Ruth Built," but while Yankee Stadium will soon be coming down, Chambersburg is planning for the future of "The House That Ruth Visited."
On May 31, 1929, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the rest of the Yankees played an exhibition game against the Chambersburg Maroons at Henninger Field as the Sultan of Swat homered and pitched the last inning in a win for the men in pinstripes. Ed Patterson, who sits on the borough's Zoning Hearing Board, said Thursday that the doctor who delivered him that day was upset at missing the game.
Thursday, at the Eugene C. Clark Community Center, representatives of sports associations, residents and borough officials were asked their opinions about the future of the ballpark, which Recreation Superintendent Herb Dolaway said has been in continuous use as a baseball field since the 1890s.
While the Yankees visited one late spring day 79 years ago, it is also the field where children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents played baseball and softball for generations.