This is kind of a random article that came across my news feed about Bill Stern, a sports broadcaster from the 1940s. I have no idea if this particular story is true, but a Philadelphia Enquirer story shares the following…
In 1946, Stern told the story of millionaire Harry Oakes. Decades earlier Oakes had been a hobo. De-training in Baltimore, he found a $1 bill. About to use it for food, he remembered hearing about a local orphan who pined for a baseball bat.
Oakes bought the bat for the youngster and soon left town on a journey that led to his discovery of an untapped Canadian gold mine.
“And that young orphan’s name was … Babe Ruth!”
Of course, Harry Oakes’ name is all over the city of Niagara Falls as well!