The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame placed its fourth historical marker at the location where Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played a barnstorming game in Lindenhurst in 1930.
Ninety-three years to the day, the marker was placed to designate the location on South Second Street, where the Baseball Hall of Famers played against Addie Klein’s Lindenhurst Nine.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and to recognize the place where they played in our county is meaningful for everyone who can read the sign and appreciate the incredible history we have right here on Long Island,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, President of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.
There were more than 4,000 fans in attendance at the game. Ruth hit a monster home run that is believed to have gone at least 500 feet. Gehrig had three hits. After the game, they had a drink at the Plaza, a hotel, restaurant, and bar on Montauk Highway.
Vaccaro was joined by Lindenhurst Mayor Michael Lavorata for the unveiling. They were flanked by Lindenhurst Village trustees, members of the Lindenhurst Historical Society, and Town of Babylon councilman Terence McSweeney.
Other Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame historic markers are placed at the location where the Long Island Ducks play in Central Islip, where Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski played high school baseball in Bridgehampton, and where Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige pitched in Riverhead in 1950.