#Shortstops: Here’s the Pitch
On Saturday morning, May 22, 1926, a pair of celebrities and their entourage mounted the marquee of New York’s Gaiety Theatre and looked down upon the street below.
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Not only did Ruth’s candy bar ultimately fail, but “Love-in-a-Mist” closed less than six weeks later.
While the rooftop promotion did not succeed, such was not the case for Ruth and Kennedy. The achievements of the former are permanently etched in the annals of baseball history, his name still synonymous with greatness on the diamond. As for Madge Kennedy, the actress continued to act for another half a century, ultimately earning a distinction that even Ruth never achieved: A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tom Shieber is the senior curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum