Babe Ruth Raised Funds for Now-Closing Philly Church Back in 1923

On September 4, 1923, Babe Ruth came to Philly for a matinee against the Philadelphia Athletics. After the game, he ditched his pinstripes for an Ascension of Our Lord uni and played ball in front of 10,000-some people at a parish baseball field at I and Tioga Streets in Kensington. The event was a fundraiser to help pay construction construction costs left over from building the field. Now, nearly 90 years later, Kensington’s Ascension of Our Lord parish is closing on Sunday. Low Mass attendance, looming debt, and dilapidated buildings all factored into the decision to close the parish. [Inquirer]