Baby Ruth Banned From The Yankee Clubhouse, and Other Baby Ruth Trivia

Is this really Baby Ruth?

Here is the Real Baby Ruth!

Logic and reason is the way to really solve any problem.

As I was pondering some of life's great questions, and using my great power of reasoning, that is truly a gift, I was temporarily stumped by the question, "When is a baby not a baby?"

I thought to myself; self, let me considered this carefully....

My aunt who is in her late 70's still calls my mother her "baby sister." Clearly my mother is my mother, yet she is still a baby. Interesting, right?

My two children are in college, clearly not in the neonatal stage of development anymore yet, when thinking upon them I still think of them as my two babies.

Further thought brought to mind an old lady in the market who despite the rule of "Seeing Eye Dogs ONLY" referred to the little critter in her basket as "her baby." Still, I'd have to admit, it was indeed somebody's baby. Human absolutely not, but baby still the same.

And that's when the idea truly hit me... a baby is not a baby when it is a candy bar!

 

Hungry for a Baby Ruth Bar?

The Baby Ruth candy bar has a very sordid past. Who was the bar really named after?

One would never believe that this little tasty morsel could have such a sordid past, but believe me, upon investigation I found some controversial news. Allegedly, the Curtiss Candy Company named the candy bar after the daughter of President Grover Cleveland, Ruth Cleveland. This might all sound on the up and up to you but, the fact of the matter is that the release of the Baby Ruth candy bar was in 1920 almost 16 years after Ruth Cleveland had died and long after President Grover Cleveland had left the White House.

Babe Ruth, here's the "real deal"!

The Sultan of Swat.
The Sultan of Swat.

The Babe Hoodwinked? You make the call.

Ironically, 1920 was just when the fame of the legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, had started to skyrocket, and surprisingly, negotiations for a "candy" deal had failed.

Could this story possibly be a way to avoid paying Babe royalties for a candy bar named after him?

Thank goodness, for the Curtiss Candy Company, they didn't have investigative reporters like Geraldo Rivera back then to bust that little scam right open, now isn't it? In fact, the Babe himself tried to market a candy bar that would have been competition for the Baby Ruth but was shut down on grounds that the names were too close.

The Curtiss Candy Company placed a sign near Wrigley Field in Chicago.

As if to add insult to injury, The Curtiss Company had an illuminated advertising sign for the Baby Ruth candy bar installed on the roof of one of the buildings across Sheffield Avenue.

This was the location where, in the 1932 Worlds Series, Babe Ruth, who played for the New York Yankees called his shot and his home run ball had landed. This sign remained in place for some four decades. You make the call!

"Sleeze" Advertising at its inception.

It better be a Baby Ruth!

The Baby Ruth makes it's movie debut in "Caddyshack."

The Sports industry is not the only place of controversy for the Baby Ruth. This candy bar has also graced, or should I say disgraced, the movie industry with its movie debut in Caddyshack.

Single handedly The Baby Ruth bar cleared a very crowded public swimming pool, causing mayhem to swimmers and sun bathers alike.

The Baby Ruth as a movie star.

The Baby Ruth recipe has a mysterious origin.

Mysteriously, after Nabisco had acquired The Curtiss Candy Company in 1981 the original recipe disappeared. The excuse was that no one at the old Curtiss factory "remembered" how to make it. Scientists had to come up with a new secret formula of chocolate-covered peanuts enclosed in a chewy nougat filling to fool the public into thinking that they were eating the original Baby Ruth.

The Baby Ruth candy secrets are now owned by Nestle.

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Comments 29 comments

Scott Chester 8 years ago

And it all comes down to Chocolate...


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Yes Scott, it really does. Does anything else matter really? lol


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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

What a great hub! Very clever! ;)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thanks Blogger Mom, I had fun writing it!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Fun hub! I loved the introduction. :)


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Trivia is never senseless, Doghouse. Great hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Cute and creative!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Amy, Peter, and Patty

Thanks for your comments. This was a bit of "investigative reporting" at it's finest! lol lol lol


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Wrapper's off to you, In The Doghouse, for another well written hub. This was great!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Rob

Thank you for reading my little bit of an attempt at humor. I am glad you liked it.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

The candy bar making the news, and getting a bad rap once again!


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Good stuff, Doghouse-- love the corporate shenanigans-- Grover Cleveland's daughter indeed LOL--love the old pix and family stuff too. Just a wonderful, enjoyable read. Thanks


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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub! I love baseball, and especially love chocolate! Great combination!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Robie,

Who would have ever guessed that the Baby Ruth has such a sordid past! lol Thanks for your support.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Lilymag,

Yep, baseball and chocolate do seem to go hand in hand. Thanks for the vote of approval!


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jmmoore321 8 years ago from Utah

Very random ... and well-written and funny and intriguing. Definitely enjoyed reading this one :)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

jmmoore321,

lol yes, this one is random! lol The Baby Ruth candy bar is one that needed some investigative reporting and I just took up the cause. It was purely written for fun with chocolate! lol


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I have always loved the chocolate taste of the famous Baby Ruth Candy bar. The candy trivia that was included in this Hub made me chuckle too. Who would have figured that the Baby Ruth had such a Baby Ruth controversy going on? I loved the reference to Baby Ruth as a star of Caddyshack as well... too funny.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Solarshingles,

The starring role of the Baby Ruth in Caddyshack is a classic moment in the film industry! lol I had always just figured that the Baby Ruth was named after the sultan of swat, the bambino himself, Babe Ruth. Imagine my surprise when I actually researched out this Baby Ruth controversy and found out differently. The story just simply had to be told!


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent hub. I love my chocolate. It was very interesting...


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Uninvited writer,

Do you suppose it is really chocolate that is the root of all evil? lol


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've never had a Baby Ruth, I don't think we have them here, though I could be wrong.

I just always assumed it was named after Babe Ruth, too.

Great hub, very enlightening.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Shirley,

I think you have missed out on a real chocolate treat if you have not tasted the Baby Ruth candy bar. It is a delightful little candy really even if it has a controversial past!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

This hub has my name all over it: FUN ride!!! Now I´m dying for one of those Baby Ruth candy bar :D


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

funride,

I am glad you had fun with this one. I am craving chocolate myself this morning. lol


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I also just figured that Babe Ruth, the famous Yankee baseball player was the namesake of the Baby Ruth candy bar. This was surprising news to me as well, that the US President Grover Cleveland had a daughter named Ruth that would warrant the fame of a chocolate candy bar being named after her. Something does seem a little fishy to me, wouldn't you agree? As you pointed out the timing of the introduction of the Baby Ruth candy bar itself just doesn't seem to add up with this explanation.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Soloarshingles,

Fishy indeed. lol I have never heard of Grover Clevelands daughter Ruth until I went to research this article. I had always figured the Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Babe Ruth. It almost seems like the Curtiss Candy company taunted the great Babe Ruth with the sign right where he made his famous winning hit. I think this trivia about the candy bar just makes eating that delicious chocolate all the more fun!


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Your last words: "eating that delicious chocolate all the more fun!" made me to go to the shop to buy one...hmmm.... actually two:)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Solarshingles,

I am glad that this Hub about Chocolate has incited you to invest so heavily in the Baby Ruth Candy Bar! lol Enjoy!

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