Babe Ruth’s daughter returns to Stetson Law campus
In 1932, Julia Ruth Stevens was a teenager with the most famous father in the world ─ Babe Ruth.
Her parents stayed at St. Petersburg’s prestigious Rolyat Hotel, where the “Sultan of Swat” signed his legendary contract with the New York Yankees and stayed during spring training.
Now 97 years old, Julia Ruth Stevens returned to the Rolyat/Stetson campus for the first time in decades on March 10. She joined Stetson’s Dean Chris Pietruszkiewicz in the law school courtyard, in the exact location and at the same desk where her father signed his legendary contract. The desk has been safely housed at Stetson law school all these years.
Stevens was in Florida to kick off the City of St. Petersburg’s official Babe Ruth Day, celebrating the legacy of the “Great Bambino” and 100 years since the birth of spring training in Florida.
During an afternoon ceremony on March 10 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg before a spring training game between the Baltimore Orioles and Team Canada, community organizations that benefited from Babe Ruth’s philanthropy and support gathered to honor the legendary player. Dean Pietruszkiewicz represented Stetson along with board members Joshua Magidson ’80 and Bill Weller ’04 at the event. Julia Ruth Stevens, who was presented with the keys to the City of St. Petersburg by Mayor Rick Kriseman ’87, threw out the opening pitch.
Post date: March 11, 2014