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Alex Rodriguez shouldn't feel too badly; Babe Ruth hit 600th on road

It appears Alex Rodriguez will hit his 600th career home run on the road, thus becoming the youngest player to achieve that feat.

But he shouldn't feel too badly about disappointing the home fans.

The current youngest player to hit his 600th, Babe Ruth, did so before a modest crowd in St. Louis on Aug. 21, 1931 - a game from which he was ejected.

The New York Times account from that day said the audience totaled about 7,500 - 6,000 of which were "ladies day guests."

Ruth went 3-for-4 but in the seventh he started arguing with umpire Roy Van Graflan from deep leftfield that a ball hit by the Browns' Red Kress should have been ruled a grounds rule double after it bounced off the top of the grandstand.

There were no replay reviews then, so the call stood and Van Graflan kicked Ruth out of the game.

One year later, Van Graflan was the home plate ump for Ruth's called-shot home run against the Cubs in the 1932 World Series.

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