On April 2, 1931, the New York Yankees were in Chattanooga, TN, for an exhibition game against the minor league Chattanooga Lookouts. In the first inning, a pitcher who had signed with the Lookouts only a week before, took the mound in relief. The legendary Babe Ruth was the next batter. He swung at and missed the first two pitches. The next pitch left him looking, and the mighty Babe had struck out. Following Ruth was the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Three pitches, three swings, and Gehrig struck out as well.
The Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite spring events. It’s fun to learn how some of the horses got their unusual names and to hear the jockeys’ stories. The extravagant ladies’ hats and the pageantry add to the anticipation of what’s been called “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” when twenty horses thunder around a mile and a quarter track.