A movie from the 1920s with a Babe Ruth cameo? Sign me up.

(Big thanks to IIATMS reader Professor Longnose for this tip.)

Have you ever wondered what New York looked like in the 1920’s and have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a Yankee player in a film from that era? Well, wait no longer because now’s your chance.

The film is called Speedy, a silent film made in 1928 which features a cameo by Babe Ruth. In his scene, he is being driven to Yankee Stadium by an overly excited and impressed cab driver played by Harold Lloyd, who is the main star of the movie. It’s pretty amazing to see what New York looked like back in the late 1920’s and Ruth does a pretty passable job acting like he’s terrified by the driver’s shoddy driving.

Just in case, the embed code doesn’t work, here’s the link to the film clip.


Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.