On a summer evening in 1935 Julia Straus, a fifty-eight year old resident of 72 Seaman Avenue, had a run in with the most famous athlete in baseball—Babe Ruth.
As it happened, Ruth was driving southbound on Seaman Avenue when Straus walked into the path of his car near the intersection of Seaman Avenue and Cumming Street.
The ballplayer quickly loaded Straus into his automobile and drove her to the nearby Jewish Memorial Hospital for treatment. While inside the hospital Ruth telephoned police to report the accident.
Straus suffered a possible brain concussion and a bruised right leg.
“The police said that Ruth had been driving with the green light and had had no chance to stop,” reported the Times. “They placed the responsibility for the accident on Mrs. Straus and took no action against the baseball player.” (New York Times, August 7, 1935)