The first “Chase for 600″ in baseball history was not much of a chase at all.
On Aug. 21, 1931, Babe Ruth hit his 599th career home run in the ninth inning of a game against the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park. The next day, facing the Browns again, he homered off George Blaeholder in the third inning. And just like that, it was over.
Mr. Ruth had his milestone. Everyone could go back to watching vaudevilles and drinking moonshine.