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The Babe Ruth Story

The Screen Guild Players

The Babe Ruth Story

Oct 21 1948



CAST:

VOICE, announcer

SMITH, announcer


1ST KID (1ST BOY)

OTHER KIDS

BROTHER MATTHIAS (CHARLES BICKFORD)

BABE RUTH (WILLIAM BENDIX)

1ST PLAYER

2ND PLAYER

3RD PLAYER

DUNN, manager

MAN, in crowd

UMPIRE

SID, the sportswriter

CLAIRE

MEN, reporters

RUPPERT, owner

HUGGINS, manager

1ST REPORTER

1ST NEWSBOY

2ND NEWSBOY

3RD NEWSBOY

TOMMY

PEEWEE, a little dog who yips and whimpers

INTERNE, at hospital

BELDON, the doctor

ANNOUNCER, on radio




VOICE: (COLD) William Bendix, Charles Bickford and Lurene Tuttle....in the current baseball classic "The Babe Ruth Story".


MUSIC: STING....HOLD UNDER


SMITH: Yes - from Hollywood - The Screen Guild Players - brought to you each Thursday night by --


MUSIC: BUILD STING...AND HOLD UNDER


SMITH: -- Camel Cigarettes!


MUSIC: UP FULL INTO CAMEL THEME ... AND FADE OUT INTO


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MUSIC: FULL INTO CAMEL THEME...AND DOWN FOR:


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Tonight it's a story that's knocking them for a home-run at the box-office -- Roy del Ruth's Allied Artists production - the exciting story of Mr. Baseball himself. For the first time on the air, The Screen Guild Players Present...


MUSIC: STINGS....AND HOLDS UNDER


VOICE: "The Babe Ruth Story"..... starring William Bendix, and Charles Bickford, with Lurene Tuttle.


MUSIC: (FULL INTO PLAY THEME...AND FADE OUT INTO:)


SOUND: (TOLLING BELL...FULL, THEN FADE TO LOW B.G...DOOR FLINGS OPEN, SLIGHTLY OFF)


1ST KID: (SLIGHTLY OFF, EXCITED) Brother Matthias -- !


OTHER KIDS: (COMING IN, AD LIB) 'WHAT'S THE BELL FOR, BROTHER?' 'ANYTHING WRONG?' 'WHY IS IT RINGING, BROTHER MATTHIAS?' 'AREN'T WE HAVING ANY SCHOOL?'


MATTHIAS: (QUIETLY, STOPPING THEM) Boys...There will be no classes at St. Mary's School today.


1ST KID:(AFRAID TO ASK) Is it...Brother Matthias, it - the Babe?


MATTHIAS: (GENTLY) Yes, my boy...it's the Babe.


MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD AND DOWN, TO CONTINUE UNDER:


MATTHIAS: (SOFTLY, REMINISCENTLY) Yes...here at St. Mary's School, in Baltimore...this is where it all began ....A long, long time ago...1913...Christmas - (MUSIC FADES INTO:) (CHAPEL BELL...CHIMING CAROL) and the chapel bell was ringing that morning, too... I remember, as I was sitting in my study --


SOUND: SHARP WINDOW CRASH


MATTHIAS: (TO SELF, ANNOYED) Now who did that? (QUICK STEPS, DOOR OPENS) Who threw that snowball through my window? Who -- (SUDDEN SMILE) Oh, It's you, George,


BABE: (SHEEPISH) Merry Christmas, Brother Matthias. 


MATTHIAS: (SMILING) Merry Christmas.


BABE: (SHEEPISH) I - I was tryin' to throw a curve, an' it - (TICKLED) - it worked! You shoulda seen it, Brother! It sailed off straight as a bullet - then it broke like lightnin' - right through the -- through the -- night --


MATTHIAS: Yes, it sure did....(SMILING) Better give your arm a rest, George. Come in, I have a surprise for you.


SOUND: DOOR CLOSES 


MATTHIAS: Sit down, George.


BABE: Yes, sir. Thank you.


MATTHIAS: (SLIGHT PAUSE) Well...you'll be leaving us in the Spring..you'll be going outside to make a life for yourself.


BABE: Yes, sir....


MATTHIAS: You've been with us a long time, George. Ever since you were twelve - ever since your mother died..... I'll miss you.


BABE: Same here, Brother Matthias. St. Mary's been good to me - so have you....Guess I've been a problem sometimes.


MATTHIAS: You're no problem, George. You're one of the best boys we've had....Any idea of what you'd like to do?


BABE: (WRYLY) Well, I've learned a trade...how to be a tailor...I don't go for it much.


MATTHIAS: I didn't think so...(CASUAL) You know, Jack Dunn watched our school team play several games last Spring. Jack Dunn - he's the manager of the Baltimore Orioles.


BABE: The Orioles! That's a real baseball team!


MATTHIAS: How would you like to play with them?


BABE: Me?! Gosh, I'd give my right arm!


MATTHIAS: Save it. You might need it this season...You see, Mr. Dunn saw you pitch three games, and he said to me: 'I think I'll sign that babe.'


BABE: Babe? Babe who?


MATTHIAS: (SMILES) It seems you're getting a nickname and a job.... He'll pay you six hundred dollars for the season. How's that?


BABE: You mean I - get paid - to play baseball?


MATTHIAS: (CHUCKLING) Yes. Aren't some people crazy?


BABE: Six hundred - dollars? There ain't that much money in the world.


MATTHIAS: (CORRECTS HIM) There isn't that much money, George.


BABE: That's what I said -- there ain't that much money in the world!


MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD AND FADE OUT INTO:


SOUND: TRAIN WHISTLE, IN B.G....MOVING TRAIN, TO HOLD UNDER:


1ST PLAYER: Hey, guys - did you pipe that rookie's nightshirt?


2ND PLAYER: First guy I ever saw wearin' a tent. (MEN LAUGH)


1ST PLAYER: And you see what he took to bed with him?


3RD PLAYER: Yeah - four hot dogs and a bottle of pop.


2ND PLAYER: I don't know about that guy's pitchin' - but when it comes to eatin', he's gonna have the fattest average in baseball.


1ST PLAYER: (CHUCKLING) Let's give him the once over, huh?


3RD PLAYER: (GRINNING) Yeah - come on....


SOUND: STEPS, ON CARPET...PULLMAN CURTAIN PULLED BACK


BABE: (SURPRISE) Oh---Hello, fellows.


1ST PLAYER: Just thought we'd kinda look in on you, Babe. Everything all right?


BABE: (MOUTH FULL) Oh yeah, fellas, thanks. (PUZZLED) But what's that for - that hammock?


2ND PLAYER: That? Oh, midgets sleep in them--travel for half fare.


BABE: They do?


1ST PLAYER: Aw, don't kid the Babe, you guys. We gotta help him--show him the ropes...Babe, that hammock ain't for midgets, it's for your arm. You sleep with your pitchin' arm in that, Babe. 


BABE: Gee, the railroad thinks of everything, don't it?


3RD PLAYER: Go on an' try it, Babe. It's easy, when you get the hang.


2ND PLAYER: Yeah, keeps your pitchin' arm limber--all night.


BABE: (TRYING IT) Well, gee, it feels sorta uncomfortable, but I guess if you fellas say it's for---


DUNN: (COMING IN) Hey, you guys - what's the convention? What's goin' on?


BABE: Oh, hello, Mr. Dunn! The fellas here were just helpin' me out - kinda showin' me how to --


DUNN: Come on, break it up! You guys know we're playing an exhibition game tomorrow - Connie Mack's world champions! You can't stay up all night and bat .300! Hit the hay - all of you! (PLAYERS FADE, AD LIB)


BABE: Say, Mr. Dunn - I was just wonderin' if --


DUNN: (STARING) Say, what're you doing with your arm?


BABE: Oh, I got it in this pitcher's sling. (PROUD) Kinda tough, but I can make it, all right.


DUNN: (BURNING) If I had a bat, I'd start swingin' at those dopes!....Look, Babe, you're gonna pitch tomorrow. If anybody tells you to stick your head into a furnace - don't do it....(CURTLY) Now - anything else wrong with you?


BABE: (INNOCENTLY) Yeah, I'm hungry.


MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD....AND FADE OUT INTO:)


SOUND: (SHOUTING BALLGAME CROWD....IN B.G.)


MAN: (FAR OFF MIKE) Lay it in there, Babe! Right down the middle!


SOUND: (BALL THUDS INTO CATCHER'S MITT...ON MIKE)


UMPIRE: Steeee-rike three!


1ST PLAYER: (SORE) How d'you know? You didn't see it, either!


UMPIRE: Yerrrrowwwt!


SOUND: (TREMENDOUS CROWD CHEER...HOLD...AND FADE OUT INTO:)(CLACKING TYPEWRITER....TO HOLD UNDER:)


SID: (AS HE WRITES) An unknown rookie on the Baltimore Orioles today defeated the world champion Athletics by a score of one to nothing....(MUSIC SNEAKS IN UNDER:) Mowing down with ease such famous hitters as Home Run Baker, Eddie Collins and Stuffy McInnis, Pitcher George Herman - alias Babe - Ruth - - (FADING, AS MUSIC BUILDS), made baseball history as he lead his minor league club to.....


MUSIC: (UP TO COVER....AND FADE OUT INTO:)


1ST KID: Brother Matthias, did you see the paper? Babe Ruth just won his twelfth straight game! (MUSIC STINGS)


1ST KID: Pitch - hit - run -- Gee, that Babe Ruth can do anything! (MUSIC STINGS)


1ST KID: Brother Matthias, he made it! Babe Ruth made it! He's going up to the Big Leagues -- The Boston Red Sox!


MUSIC: (ACCENTS....AND CONTINUES UNDER:)


MATTHIAS: Yes...that's how it always was...That boy was every youngster in America...The Babe was king to those kids. He could do no wrong. And no one ever challenged his place in their hearts, whether he was up...or whether he was down. (MUSIC CUTS)


1ST BOY: Gee, what could've happened to him, Brother Matthias? At first there ain't a batter in the league can touch him - and now he's lost four games in a row!....Do you think he's through?


MATTHIAS: (SIGHS) I don't know, son....(GENTLY) Now let's go in. It's time for dinner.


1ST BOY: (GLUM) I think I'll skip dinner, Brother Matthias. I - I don't seem to have any appetite.


MUSIC: (ACCENTS....AND FADES OUT INTO:)


SOUND: (RESTAURANT EFFECTS....IN LOW B.G.)


BABE: (GLUM) I think I'll skip dinner, Sid...I - I don't seem to have any appetite.


SID: Look, Babe, I'm just a sports writer, but I know one thing for sure. You've got to eat if you want to win games. 


BABE: Nah, I was always good with a knife an' fork - an' today they knock me out again...(MISERABLE) Gee, Sid, if I only knew what was wrong....


CLAIRE: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Bet I can tell you.


BABE: (STARTLED) Hey - Sid - your voice is changin'!


SID: (SOTTO) It's that dame. In the next booth.


CLAIRE: (COMING IN) I wasn't eavesdropping, but I couldn't help hearing.....


BABE: You talkin' to me, sister --?


CLAIRE: Certainly, I paid good money to see you pitch today - and you let the Yankees knock you out in the third inning.


BABE: Them lucky bums! Horseshoes in every pocket!


CLAIRE: Just the same, they beat you - and I know why. But if you'd rather I went back to my table --


SID: (QUICKLY) No, wait a minute....please....


CLAIRE: (TEASING) What does he say?


BABE: (PAUSE) Please...(THEN OVER-NICE) Please, lady - peek into your crystal ball with them big blue eyes and tell me why them batters've been wallopin' my stuff lately.


CLAIRE: It's very simple. You tip them off. You telegraph every curve ball you pitch.


BABE: Sid - listen to this canary - listen! Me telegraphin' what I'm gonna pitch!....(MAD) Okay, I'll show you, sister!....Hey, Sid, got a ball or somethin' I can --


CLAIRE: How about this bun?


BABE: Yeah--a bun---that'll do fine!....Now watch--I take my grip--I go into my wind-up like this--and when--


CLAIRE: (SHARPLY) Hold it!....Hold it there--don't move! (TRIUMPHANT) You see? Every time you start to throw a curve, you stick your tongue out.


BABE: (BLANKLY) Huh?


SID: By Gosh, Babe, you do! She's got something!


BABE: (DAZED) No wonder I been gettin' knocked out so much!...(SINCERE) Gee, sister--you don't know what this means to me! (GROWING EXCITEMENT) I could--Honest, I could kiss you, honey!


CLAIRE: Do you always kiss your baseball coach?


BABE: If he looks like you--sure! (GAY) No foolin', Sid, I like this skirt--she's an angel! Imagine spottin' a thing like that! Gee, I gotta tell the boss--he might give me a chance against the Tigers tomorrow!...Look, sister, I want you to come to the game and---(MUSIC HITS, HOLDS UNDER:) Hey, Sid--she's gone!


MUSIC: UP, INTO ACCENT...AND CUT FOR:


1ST KID: Brother Matthias, he did it! He beat the Tigers! He beat Ty Cobb and all of 'em! (MUSIC STINGS)


1ST KID: (SCORNFUL) Sure the Red Sox'll win the pennant! They got Babe Ruth in there pitchin', haven't they?


MUSIC: STINGS


1ST KID: (ARGUING) Didn't he win two world series games? And pitched twenty-nine innings without lettin' 'em score! I say that makes the Babe greater than even Christy Matthewson!


MUSIC: ACCENTS.....AND FADES OUT INTO


SID: Well, Babe - another training season huh?


BABE: That's right, Sid.... But, gee, I wish we could train up near New York. Then I wouldn't be so far away from Clara.


SID: (CORRECTING HIM) Claire.


BABE: What's the difference? You know who I mean! (THEN REMINISCENT) Funny the way things turn out, huh? Remember that night we met her, Sid - up in Boston - that time she told me to keep my tongue in my face?....And then findin' her again in New York in that show...and now we're practic'ly engaged. I write her a letter almost every day.


SID: Does she ever answer?


BABE: (INDIGNANT) What's that got to do with it?....(THEN A LITTLE SHEEPISH) Say, Sid - I ain't written yet today. If you got a few minutes.....


SID: Sure. Go ahead and dictate.


BABE: Swell! Here goes....'Dear Sister -- '


SID: (WRITING) 'Darling Claire....' 


BABE: Who?...(GRINS SHEEPISHLY) Oh yeah.....(DICTATES) 'Darling - uh - Clara...Well, I got some news for you today. I ain't throwin' 'em in there as a pitcher no more. The boss wants to build up the team battin' average, an' he wants me to take a cut at that old apple every day, so now I am a fly chaser out in the pasture...I miss you more than ever, honey, because now I got more time to think about missin' you. I'm playin' in the outfield an' nothin' much happens out there, which is why I got more time to think about how I'm missin' you....'


SID: You're in a rut.


BABE: Must be the climate...Read me what I wrote.


SID: (READING) 'Darling Claire..There is a longing for you in my lonely heart as your vision of loveliness haunts me night and day....Although you are miles away, I am happy in the thought that the sea has its pearls - the heaven, its stars - and I have you....I shall count the lonely hours until we meet again.....Everlastingly, Your Babe.' 


BABE: (AWED) Gee -- ! I said that pretty good, didn't I?


SID: (GRINS) You know, you're getting better all the time!


MUSIC: ACCENTS...AND FADE OUT INTO 


1ST KID: Gee, Brother Matthias - twenty-nine home runs! That's a big league record


MATTHIAS: (CHUCKLING) Yes, the pitchers are saying it's the lively new ball.


1ST KID: Boy, wait'll next season comes around! He'll bat the Red Sox right into the pennant!


MATTHIAS: (GRAVE) No...I don't think that will be possible, son.


1ST KID: (SHOCKED) You don't? Why not?


MATTHIAS: (CHUCKLES) The Red Sox have sold him to the New York Yankees.


MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD....AND FADE OUT INTO


MEN: (MURMUR OF VOICES....REPORTERS, ETC.)


RUPPERT: Root, I have asked the reporters to come here today because I want to say something when you sign with us.


BABE: (GAY) Colonel Ruppert, you just keep makin' beer like this an' you can say anything you want to!


REPORTERS: (LAUGH)


RUPPERT: First I want you to meet Miller Huggins, the manager of our New York Yankees.


BABE: (SURPRISED) This little runt?....(GRINS) Hi, Squirt - what you doin' down there?


HUGGINS: (BURNING) I like it down here.


BABE: (ROARS) Hah - I like this little guy!


REPORTERS: (LAUGH WITH HIM)


RUPPERT: Please, gentlemen....(THEY QUIET DOWN) Now then, Root, you hit twenty-nine homers for Boston last season. I don't suppose you - or anybody else - will ever do that again. But there's one thing you must know - and this goes for you, too, Miller Huggins - I'm tired of losing. I must have a winner.


HUGGINS: Get me more players like Ruth, and you'll get your pennant. 


BABE: (PLEASED) Thanks, Muggins. 


HUGGINS: The name is Huggins.


BABE: Hah!...I tell you I like this guy!....Don't worry, Colonel. I'll get you enough pennants to make a quilt.


RUPPERT: You should -- you're getting more salary than President Coolidge.


HUGGINS: (DOUR) Why not? Did Coolidge ever hit any home runs?


REPORTERS: (LAUGH)


BABE: (ROARS) I tell you, I love this little squirt!


1ST REPORTER: How many home runs you gonna hit next year, Babe?


BABE: Heck, I'll probably smack out fifty homers.


RUPPERT: Yes, gentlemen (and you may quote me) we will have the greatest year in the history of baseball.


MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD....AND CUT SHARPLY FOR:


1ST NEWSBOY: Extra! Read about the baseball scandal! Extra!


MUSIC: STINGS


2ND NEWSBOY: Last world series crooked! Extra!


MUSIC: STINGS


3RD NEWSBOY: Extra! Baseball players paid by gamblers!


MUSIC: STINGS...BUILDS, UNDER


NEWSBOYS: (AD LIB) 'CALL FOR BIG INVESTIGATION!' 'CROOKED PLAYERS BANNED FOR LIFE!' 'EXTRA!' 'READ ABOUT IT!' EXTRA! EXTRA!...


MUSIC: COVERS....AND FADES OUT INTO:


1ST KID: (GLUM) What's the use, Brother Matthias - what's the use?


MATTHIAS: I know just how you feel, son. It's hit me pretty hard, too.


1ST KID: (DESPAIRING) First Santa Claus - now baseball...Gee, there ain't nothin' left to believe in.


MATTHIAS: (SMILES) Well, I wouldn't go as far as that. You see, I happen to believe in both...And let me tell you something else. I know this scandal will hurt the game. I know lots of people won't go near a ball park any more. But then lots of others will be out there every chance they get.


1ST KID: (SCORNFUL) Why?


MATTHIAS: Because there's one player who's never let us down. He never has - and he never will. (SMILES) A friend of mine. Name of - George Herman Ruth.


MUSIC: (IN FULL...FOR CURTAIN)


(APPLAUSE)


(BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL)


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MUSIC: (FULL INTO PLAY THEME...AND DOWN, TO HOLD UNDER:)


MATTHIAS: I had told that youngster the Babe would never let us down...And he never did...He promised the Yankees fifty home runs, and he kept that promise with a little to spare.


MUSIC: CUTS


1ST KID: Gee, Brother Matthias - fifty-nine home runs! Won't nobody ever come near that record!


MUSIC: PUNCTUATES....AND CONTINUES UNDER:


MATTHIAS: Yes, people who'd sworn they'd never see another game, came back just to see him hit a home run. They came again and again, and their faith was restored...Next season, the Babe's big booming bat drove the Yankees into the first pennant they'd ever won - and into the first home they'd ever had.


SOUND: FADE IN HUGE CROWD...TO HOLD IN B.G.


MATTHIAS: The Yankee Stadium. The greatest ball park in the land... The finest field, the finest stands - the finest everything.


MUSIC: CUTS


BABE: (MOUTH FULL) Y'know somethin', Hug? These are [the] best hot dogs in the league.


HUGGINS: Yeah...(QUIETLY) Pretty big crowd out there today, Babe. Biggest that ever attended a ball game.


BABE: (MOUTH FULL) No foolin'!...Say, did you know it's just seventeen steps from the dugout to this hot dog stand? Pretty swell, huh?


HUGGINS: (DRILY) If a magician ever saws you in half - he'll find himself a fortune in hot dogs.


BABE: Hah! You're jealous, Hug! If you et an olive, you'd look like a worm that swallowed a football! (BIG LAUGH)


HUGGINS: (FIRM) Listen, this season I'm out to win the pennant and the world series. I want this ball club in condition and that means you.


BABE: (INDULGENT) Sure, Hug - you betcha. (UP) Hey, pal, fix me another dog, will you?


HUGGINS: (QUIETLY) Babe...do you know what they're calling this stadium? They're calling it "The house that Ruth Built"...That's quite a compliment.


BABE: (MOUTH FULL) Yeah, that's a mighty nice -- 


SOUND: CROWD ROARS, IN B.G.


BABE: Hey, that is a big crowd, isn't it?


HUGGINS: Seventy thousand of them, Babe...They respect you and love you. This stadium is their tribute to you - to what you've done for the game...You owe them something, Babe. Don't ever forget it.


MUSIC: ACCENTS AND CONTINUES UNDER


MATTHIAS: Those must have been difficult years for Huggins. A small man, intense, with a fierce desire to win. A small man trying to make a big man - a big kid, really - toe the line....The friction grew...until two years later.... (FADE IN KIDS' EXCITED VOICES)...that afternoon in Chicago - in Comiskey Park...


(MUSIC CUTS)


KIDS: (AD LIB) 'HEY, BABE, WILL YOU WRITE YOUR NAME ON THIS?' 'SIGN THIS PROGRAM, WILL YOU, BABE?' 'BABE, WILL YOU SIGN THIS PICTURE FOR ME?' 'RIGHT HERE, BABE - PUT YOUR NAME ON HERE!'


BABE: (THRU ABOVE, HAPPILY) Okay...okay...slow down, kids....take it easy....


TOMMY: Hey, Babe, will ya autograph this ball for me - (AS DOG YIPS) - and my dog?


BABE: Sure, kid...(DOG YIPS) What's the pooch's name?


TOMMY: (EAGERLY) Peewee.


BABE: (ROARS) Peewee!....(CALLS) Hey, Hug - hear that? Peewee! That oughta be your name!


HUGGINS: (COMING IN, ANNOYED) All right, wise guy - get in there and get your batting practice.


BABE: (HURT) I was just on my way...(TO KIDS) Stick around, kids. (FADING) I'll show you how to paste that old apple....


DOG: (YIPS EXCITEDLY)


TOMMY: Peewee, you gotta be quiet now - the Babe's gonna bat! (DOG YIPS) Peewee!...(DOG YIPS, FADING) Peewee, come back! Don't go out there, you'll --


SOUND: SHARP CRACK OF BAT, OFF MIKE


DOG: SHARP YELP OF PAIN...SLIGHTLY OFF


SOUND: FEW QUICK STEPS..ON GRASS


TOMMY: (RUNNING, FRIGHTENED) Peewee!.......Peewee!....


DOG: (WHIMPERS SOFTLY, ON MIKE)


BABE: (COMING IN FAST) Gee, kid, I didn't mean it. The pooch ran onto the field and - and -- (DOG WHIMPERS)


TOMMY: (CRYING) Gee, Babe - he can't get up...He won't die, will he? He won't die


BABE: (GENTLY) No...No, we won't him die...C'mon, kid, we'll get him to a hospital.


MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD AND FADE OUT INTO:


BABE: (INDIGNANT) What'sa matter with you, anyway? Ain't this a hospital? Ain't you a doctor?


INTERNE: (PATIENTLY) Yes, I'm an interne here, but--


BABE: Then whaddya mean you won't operate just because he's a dog? You're so narrow-minded, your ears over-lap! (DOOR OPENS, SLIGHTLY OFF)


BELDON: (COMING IN) Someone send for me? What's the trouble

here?


INTERNE: Dr. Beldon, I've tried to explain to Mr. Ruth that this is not a veterinarian hospital, but he --


BABE: Veterinarian, vegetarian - who cares what religion this joint is? Just save the dog!


TOMMY: (CHOKED) Look, Babe - he isn't even movin' now...(BROKENLY) You can't let him die! You said you wouldn't!


BABE: You see, Doc? I promised. You gotta back me up.


INTERNE: Dr. Beldon - shall I remove the dog?


BELDON: (QUIETLY) Certainly not...Get him ready for surgery.


BABE: (ELATED) Hey, kid - you hear that? We're in! You and me'll wait right here, an' the Doc'll fix him up as good as new....Won't you Doc?


BELDON: I just hope I can remember my canine anatomy.


MUSIC: (ACCENTS...AND FADES OUT INTO:)


(PLAYERS' VOICES...LOW, DISPIRITED)


SOUND: (CLEATS, ON CONCRETE FLOOR...DOOR SLAMS, OFF)


BABE: (COMING IN, BREATHLESS) Gee, fellas, I clean forgot what time it was and -- (STOPS, WORRIED) How'd you do today?


2ND PLAYER: We lost. How'd you do?


BABE: I won't know till I see Hug. How does he feel?


HUGGINS: (COMING IN) Since when are you worried about my health?


BABE: Oh, hello, Hug - I --


HUGGINS: (GRIM) Where were you during today's game?


BABE: Oh..Yeh!...You know, Hug, the doggondest thing happened --


HUGGINS: Well, it's nothing compared to what's going to happen! Get out of that uniform - and stay out!


BABE: (MAD) Listen, short an' ugly - I'm gettin' tired of you pickin' on me!


HUGGINS: Tired, eh? Well, I'm fining you five thousand dollars! Now be good and tired!


BABE: (BLANKLY, INCREDULOUS) Five thousand dollars -- !


HUGGINS: You've broken every rule in the book and laughed it off! Now pack up and get out of here! Go back to New York and stay there until I say you can play again! Try and laugh that off, Mr. Big!


MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD...AND DOWN, TO CONTINUE UNDER:)


MATTHIAS: I've often thought since then, a lesser man might have brooded on his grievances, might have built an undying grudge in his heart. But not the Babe. He was like a child who'd been spanked, and wanted only to get back in his parent's graces again. Once the suspension was lifted, he played his heart out for the bantam manager. 1923... '24 -- battling against illness in 1925 -- bouncing back again in '26 -- and then in 1927 -- (MUSIC CUTS)


1ST KID: (ECSTATIC) The last game of the season, an' he breaks his own record! Boy, oh boy - sixty home runs!


MUSIC: (ACCENTS...AND CONTINUES UNDER:)


MATTHIAS: And that wasn't all. There was still the world series - the Yankees taking four straight games - clinching the title with the Babe's two home runs.


MUSIC: FADES SLOWLY INTO:


SOUND: HUGE CROWD IN B.G.


MATTHIAS: And then in 1932, that other series - the one that the fans will never forget...Miller Huggins gone now. But the Babe is still in there - still taking his mighty cut at the ball... The count is two strikes - the pitcher delivers -


SOUND: BAT HITS BALL


MATTHIAS: the Babe connects - and suddenly the crowd goes mad!


SOUND: (HUGE ROAR FROM CROWD...FULL...AND CONTINUE UNDER:)


ANNOUNCER: (FILTER, HYSTERICAL) Ladies and gentlemen!...Ladies and gentlemen, we have just witnessed the most dramatic gesture ever seen on a baseball diamond! You can hear the crowd, of course - let me tell you exactly what happened!...With two strikes on him - two strikes, mind you! - Babe Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers - as if to say that was where he'd put the next pitch! Well, the pitch came over and that's just what he did! He parked that ball in the center field bleachers - exactly where he said he would! .... And that crowd that's roaring - that's a Chicago crowd, ladies and gentlemen - yelling and screaming and almost tearing the stands apart! And why shouldn't they? They've just seen something they'll never forget! The greatest home run in the history of baseball!


MUSIC: ACCENTS...AND CONTINUES UNDER:


MATTHIAS: That was the Babe...He never quit...Not even later, when he was broken and sick - when the count was two against him in his fight for life...I think I shall always remember that morning...the big fellow lying there on his hospital bed, still smiling, still game...


MUSIC: CUTS


BABE: Gee, it's like old home week, Brother Matthias - havin' Claire an' you here. ..(GRINS) That's why I married, her - so's I'd always have a visitor when I couldn't get out.


SOUND: DOOR OPENS, OFF


BELDON: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Wheel it in here, please...


SOUND: STRETCHER TABLE...ROLLING IN


BABE: (PUZZLED) What's the idea of the rubber-tired hack? Doc, you gonna take me for another ride?


BELDON: (ON, GRAVE) Yes, Babe - if you say so.


CLAIRE: Babe, this is Dr. Beldon. He's from Chicago. We've called him in to---


BABE: Beldon?....Doc, ain't I met you somewhere before?


BELDON: Yes...a long time ago.


BABE: You comin' in as a pinch-hitter?


BELDON: Well - in a sense...


BABE: Then this means - somethin' serious?


BELDON: (HEDGING) Well it all depends. If we have any luck -


BABE: (QUIETLY) Hold it, Doc. Stop throwin' curves - give it to me straight, I'm in tough shape, huh?


CLAIRE: (FIGHTING FOR CONTROL) Babe, I wouldn't let them tell you before - I couldn't...But now you've got to know...


BABE: (SLOWLY) You mean it might be - a one way ride?


MATTHIAS: (GRAVE) George, tonight they wish to give you a serum that has never been used before on human beings. Whether you take it or not is a decision which only you can make, because....it may mean your life. 


BABE: (SLOWLY) Never been used before, huh...(PAUSE) But if I take it....that might help somebody?...People...Kids?...


MATTHIAS: (SIMPLY) Yes, George...If it helps you, then the doctors will know it's safe to use on other human beings.


BABE: (SLIGHT PAUSE, THEN SOFTLY) It's a swell world, Claire...with a lot of swell people in it....I'd kinda like to stick around a while.


CLAIRE: (LOW, FIRM) You will, Babe...I know you will. Just keep swinging - they can't strike you out.


MATTHIAS: She's right, George. You'll make it..(SMILES) But I'll dust off home plate, just in case you have to slide for it. (MUSIC SNEAKS IN, VERY SOFT)


BABE: (TOUCHED) See what I mean - swell people. How can a guy lose with a team like that pullin' for him?...(SMILES) Okay, Doc...this's gotta be my sixty-first homer.


MUSIC: (UP FULL...AND DOWN, TO HOLD UNDER VERY SOFTLY)(CHIMES B.G.)


MATTHIAS: He had a lot of fancy nicknames in his life...To the headline writers he was the Sultan of Swat.


To the fans, he was Mr. Baseball himself. But to the ones who loved him best - the kids of America - he was always, in simple affection, The Babe...His memory is eternal with them. Babe Ruth will never be forgotten...Not as long as there still remains - a ball - a bat --

and a boy.


MUSIC: (UP FULL...FOR CURTAIN)


(APPLAUSE)


COMMERCIAL


SMITH: William Bendix and Charles Bickford will return to the microphone in just a moment...


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MUSIC: TAG


SMITH: And now, a final inning with our guests, Bill Bendix and Charles Bickford. Gentlemen, you really batted a thousand tonight. 


BICKFORD: Well, of course, the proceeds from this show support one of the finest things in Hollywood -- The Motion Picture Relief Fund and its Country House and Hospital -- so I know I'm speaking for all actors when I say it's a privilege to appear with the Screen Guild Players.


BENDIX: That's very nice, Charley. But folks, what Mr. Bickford hasn't mentioned is that he's been one of the hardest workers in behalf of the Motion Picture Relief Fund!!


(APPLAUSE)


BICKFORD: Thank you. And since you're so generous why not save some of that applause for Camel Cigarettes. 


Yes, month after month, year after year, they're keeping on with their good work of sending free smokes to the men in servicemen's hospitals. This week, among other hospitals, free Camels are being sent to: U. S. Army Station Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas...U. S. Naval Hospital, Key West, Florida....Veterans' Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.


This makes a total of more than one hundred and eighty million cigarettes that the Camel people have sent to servicemen and veterans.


Happy smoking fellows! Your free cigarettes are on the way now!


MUSIC: SHOW THEME


SMITH: The Screen Guild Players are directed by Bill Lawrence. The adaptations are by Harry Kronman. Remember, Thursday night is Screen Guild night. And next week - a story crowded with excitement and terror-- a violent tale of a man who walked into the face of certain death! "The Kiss of Death" starring Victor Mature, Richard Widmark, Coleen Gray and Leon Ames. Be sure to listen!


"The Babe Ruth Story" was presented through the courtesy of Allied Artists, producers of "The Dude Goes West." 


William Bendix appeared thru the courtesy of his own radio program, "The Life of Riley," heard every Friday over this network.


Charles Bickford is currently starring in Sam Goldwyn's "Roseanna McCoy."


For fun and hilarity, don't miss Camel Cigarettes' other great show over these same stations! Tomorrow night - the Jimmy Durante Show, with Alan Young! And remember, Thursday night is Screen Guild night -- the greatest stars and the greatest stories, brought to you by Camel Cigarettes!


This is Verne Smith speaking for Camels. 


THIS IS NBC ........ THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY.


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