One of two pro footballers to give up a homer to Babe Ruth in 1927 (the other was
Garland Buckeye), Nevers's heroics against the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame while
playing for Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl made him a box-office draw upon his arrival
in the major leagues in 1926. Pushed too quickly to succeed as a pitcher, he switched
back to football to become a pioneer fullback star in the NFL.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 4, 1926:
Stanford star fullback Ernie Nevers pitches his first complete game for the Browns, beating the A's 31. Nevers will be 6-12 in his brief baseball life, but he will win a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame playing with the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926-31).
»May 11, 1927: In St. Louis, Babe Ruth belts his 2nd homer in two days and his 8th of the year, off Ernie Nevers, as the Yanks win, 4–2. The ball is to the left of the CF flag pole in Sportsman's Park, the longest ball to date ever hit there. Martin Haley in the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: "Homeric Herman careened the animated leather for a sky-scraping bulls eye into the distant center-field bleachers, the ball clattering up the icy seats at the point where the left-center and dead-center field sections conjoin."