It is often surprising to folks when they realize the wealth of biographical resources we have in the Conway Public Library's Henney History Room. Sometimes it takes a great newspaper article like that published last week by Tom Eastman in the Conway Daily Sun about Babe Ruth receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Tom does a great job outlining some of the many ties Ruth had to this community. If you would like to learn more about Babe Ruth, you might check out "The Babe and I" written by his wife in 1959.
We also have a couple books written by Babe Ruth's daughter about the famous baseball player.
Both of these books are full of family photos showing the Babe in settings other than the ball park. Thanks largely to invitations by Harvey Dow Gibson, Ruth was also a feature in Conway's hot spots.
The local Reporter newspaper from August 10, 1939 helps explain the setting (click on image to enlarge it).
On a more personal note, here are some items from the handwritten autobiography of this blogger's father (born 1920).
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Can anyone say "batter up?"