Babe Ruth’s 1920 Passport Application

How cool is this? What a great find on

We came across the Bambino’s 1920 application for a passport that fall, because he was traveling to Cuba to play in some barnstorming games. According to sources on the Internet, Cuban promoter Abel Linares paid Ruth $20,000 to join the New York Giants on the trip from October 30th to November 20th of 1920.

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Babe Ruth's 1920 passport application
Babe Ruth’s 1920 passport application

Also, here’s a shot of Ruth in Cuba during the trip. He’s playing jai-alai with some of the locals. And, I’m sure he was pretty good at that too.

Babe Ruth playing jai-alai in Cuba - 1920
Babe Ruth playing jai-alai in Cuba – 1920

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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