New York Yankees Outfielder Aaron Judge Presented the Babe Ruth Crown at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

| May 1, 2024 | 0 Comments

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum press release:

The Babe Ruth Museum today announced that it has revived the tradition of presenting the Babe Ruth Crown to Major League Baseball’s top slugger. Yesterday, in a ceremony outside the New York Yankees’ clubhouse at Oriole Park, museum representatives presented the Crown to Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge, who in 2022 set the A.L. home run record with 62, surpassing the mark of 61 by fellow Yankee Roger Maris in 1961.

The Babe Ruth Crown was first awarded in 1956 to Mickey Mantle by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association (MPBPA) at their annual Tops in Sports banquet. It was presented to baseball’s top slugger every year through 1998, the final banquet.

The museum received the rights to revive the Crown from former head of the MPBPA, Frank Sliwka, in 2018. Museum executive director Shawn Herne says the museum, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, plans to continue the tradition by awarding the Crown to future MLB slugging leaders at its annual gala, typically celebrated over the winter months. “It’s only natural that the Babe Ruth Museum presents the Babe Ruth Crown. Baseball’s Sultan of Swat is still recognized as the game’s premiere slugger, as exemplified by still being ranked number one with a career slugging average of .6897!”

Photos courtesy of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Pictured (LtoR) Shawn M. Herne, Executive Director, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum; Joseph J. DiBlasi, Corporate Development, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum; Aaron Judge, Outfielder, New York Yankees; Joe Sliwka, Director of Community Service, Harford County Government and son of Frank Sliwka.

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