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By On This Day in NYC's History

A BABE IN PIN STRIPES

On December 26, 1919: Babe Ruth’s contract was sold to the New York Yankees by Harry Frazee, owner of the Boston Red Sox. Ruth became a New York (and American) baseball legend, spending fifteen years with the Yankees, and winning seven league championships and four World Series.

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STEVE ALLEN

On December 26, 1921: Actor, comedian, musician, and television personality Steve Allen was born in New York City. Allen was the first host of The Tonight Show and has also authored over 50 books. A man of many skills, he also was a very accomplished pianist, winning a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Composition.

LET IT SNOW

On December 26, 1947: New York City was blanketed in 26 inches of snow in just 16 hours. The Blizzard of 1947 was described as the worst blizzard in history until that which occurred in 1988. 77 deaths were attributed to the snow storm.

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