Although Babe Ruth was not in good health he did attend the ceremony and gave a speech.
Throughout his 22 season career in Major League Baseball the "Babe" became known for his hitting abilities in particular. Also known as, "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", Ruth's prolific career included winning seven pendents and four World Series titles with the New York Yankees and Boston Braves.
In September of 1947 another Babe Ruth Day was held at Yankee Stadium in order to raise money for The Babe Ruth Foundation. Started by Ruth himself, the organization benefitted disadvantaged children.