In February 1934, San Francisco Seals owner Charlie Graham made an offer to the New York Yankees to “rent” Babe Ruth for one season. The thirty-nine-year-old was coming off his worst season in eight years and Graham argued that a year on the Coast would restore Ruth’s health and rejuvenate his career. (He also would have played alongside Joe DiMaggio.)
The Yankees declined the offer.
Although Babe Ruth did not play in the PCL, his bat did. In the late 1940s a Seals fan brought one of Ruth’s bats to the Seals clubhouse and both Neill Sheridan and Dino Restelli handled it. Sheridan used it in a game and claimed he actually got a hit with it! Sheridan said that using Ruth’s heavy bat “was like swinging a telephone pole.”