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Sportscaster Finds Secret Recording of Babe Ruth

CHICAGO (WGN) - In the mid-1990s, shortly before he died, late WGN broadcaster Jack Brickhouse passed along a vintage piece of Americana to WGN Morning News anchor Larry Potash. In 1945, the Hall of Fame broadcaster snuck a microphone into an interview with Babe Ruth at Comiskey Park. It was 1945, just three years before Ruth's death, and "The Bambino" was on the South Side to talk about a new baseball league for kids.

The Babe's remarks weren't supposed to be recorded and wouldn't have been had it not been for Jack Brickhouse. And had Larry Potash not run into Mr. Brickhouse that 1990's day at WGN, the memory you can listen to in the player above might have been lost forever.

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Babe Ruth is shown in a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1919. (AP Photo)
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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Daily News page 28 dated August 12, 1929, Headlines: RUTH BUSTS 500TH HOMER, Babe Ruth (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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George H. (Babe) Ruth of the New York Yankees swinging a bat in 1926 . (Photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images)
BABE RUTH at right with fellow New York Yankee idol Lou Gehrig about 1935
NEW YORK - 1930. The 1930 New York Yankess pose in Yankee Stadium some time during the season of 1929. Babe Ruth is in the top row, fifth from right, Tony Lazzeri is in the top row, fourth from right, Leo Durocher is in the middle row, second from left, and Lou Gehrig is mysteriously missing from the photo (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18, 1929. Babe Ruth has just crossed home plate after hitting his first home run of the 1929 season on April 18, and is being greeted by Lou Gehrig. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 15, 1933. Babe Ruth poses with Jack Dempsey and a large baseball bat before opening day at Yankee Stadium on April 15th of 1929. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Babe Ruth, baseball's top home run hitter, displayed his batting grip during exhibition appearance in New York's Yankee Stadium September 9, 1942. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth starring in "Babe Comes Home", a First National Picture, 1927, with Anna O. Nilsson and Louise Fazenda. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth crosses home plate following a two run home run off National League starting pitcher Bill Hallahan in the third inning of the first All-Star Game ever played, July 6, 1933. Greeting Ruth at home plate are, from left: Yankee teammate, Lou Gehrig and White Sox bat boy, John McBride. Barely visible behind Gehrig is National League catcher Jimmie Wilson. The American League won 4-2. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth, just returning to the champion Yankees lineup, took time out at Philadelphia, PA September 21, 1932, to congratulate Jimmy Foxx of the Athletics, who succeeds him as home run king of 1932. Foxx hit his 54th homer during the game, which still leaves him six short of the Babe's 1927 record of 60.. (AP Photo)
Manager Burleigh Grimes (left) and Leo Durocher (right), team captain of the Dodgers, talking things over with their new teammate and first base coach, Babe Ruth. They are shown in the Dodger dugout shortly after the Babe joined the colorful McPhail team at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, on June 19, 1938, before a twin bill with the Chicago Cubs. . (AP Photo/stf)
The man behind the beard is none other than Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth who donned the whiskers for an exhibition game with the House of David team at St. Petersburg, Florida, March 30, 1933. (AP Photo)
Appearing in the full uniform of the Boston Braves for the first time on March 9, 1935, Babe Ruth slashed out a single in his first trip to the plate to bring in a run and help the Braves defeat the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game in Tampa, Florida. The Babe (center) chats with Charley Dressen (left), Reds' manager and Bill McKechnie, Braves pilot.. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth, the Yankees' big bludgeon man, stands in the dugout with a strained muscle in his left leg during a game at Cleveland July 19, 1929. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth and Rabbit Maranville, veteran stars of the major leagues shown at the training camp in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 6, 1935, as the Babe makes his debut as a member of the National League Boston Braves. (AP Photo)
At the Polo Grounds in New York, on August 22, 1945, Babe Ruth shows (L to R) Lester Eggers, Buffalo, N.Y.; Burt Stanford, Birmingham, AL; and Joe DellaMonica, Brooklyn, N.Y. how to bunt. Ruth's Eastern team is scheduled to meet Ty Cobb's Westerners in the Esquire All American Boys Baseball Game at the Polo Grounds in New York on August 28, 1945. . (AP Photo/Tony Camerand)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Babe Ruth batting. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
CANADA - MARCH 02: Babe Ruth at Rom (Photo by Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNKNOWN - CIRCA 1947: Babe Ruth unknown date and location. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
American baseball player George Herman Ruth (1895 - 1948) known as 'Babe' Ruth. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 19: Babe Ruth batting for the Boston Braves. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Babe Ruth batting during the 1926 season. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Babe Ruth (L) at New York Yankee Baseball Team's 25th Anniversary. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Babe Ruth (L) at New York Yankee Baseball Team's 25th Anniversary. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - 1931: Babe Ruth on his way to first base, Indians vs. Yankees, League Park. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images).
CLEVELAND, OH - 1927: Babe Ruth signing baseball before Indians - Yankees game at League Park. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images).
Babe Ruth (L) taking a practice hit at the New York Yankee's 25th Anniversary. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Baseball great Babe Ruth, in uniform, addressing crowd & press during final appearance at Yankee Stadium (shortly before death). (Photo by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1926: Babe Ruth batting during an exhibition game. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Baseball players Babe Ruth and Joe Bush pretending to play golf. (Photo by Henry Groskinsky/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
circa 1925: Full-length image of American baseball player Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, 1895 - 1948) taking a practice swing with a baseball bat on the field in a stadium. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox baseball player Babe Ruth following through after swinging a baseball bat at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1918. (Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1922. Babe Ruth misses a pitch, which has landed in the mitt of White Sox catcher Ray Schalk during a 1922 game in Chicago's Comiskey Park. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1927. Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder poses with fellow Yankees during the 1927 season. (L-R) are Waite Hoyt, Babe Ruth, manager Miller Huggins, Bob Meusel, and Bob Shawkey. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
TOKYO - 1934. During the 1934 tour of Japan, Babe Ruth poses for a photo with young Japanese players. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - 1923. Babe Ruth autographs a baseball for a fan at League Park in Cleveland before a game in 1923. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1923. The follow through of Babe Ruth's mighty swing is shown in this 1923 photograph from Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1918. Babe Ruth, Boston Red Sox pitcher, warms up in Fenway Park before a contest in the 1918 season. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1923. Babe Ruth takes a mighty swing during pre-game batting practice in Yankee Stadium. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 1927:Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth sit by the batting cage at League Park Indians vs. Yankees July 1927. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1931. Babe Ruth hits one out during batting practice at Yankee Stadium before a game in 1931. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1925. Babe Ruth greets fans in the outfield before a game in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1925. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
Hall of Fame baseball players Lou Gehrig (1903 - 1941) shakes hands with former teammate George Herman (Babe) Ruth (1895 - 1948) at the stadium, ca 1935. (Photo by Waite Hoty Collection/Cincinnati Museum Center/Getty Images)
American baseball player Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948) of the New York Yankees takes a swing during pre-game warm ups or a team practice as another photographer takes his picture, 1920. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1921. Babe Ruth is taking batting practice for the New York Yankees, who are playing in 1921 at the Polo Grounds. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18, 1923. New York Yankees batboy, Ray Kelly, left, poses with Babe Ruth in Yankee Stadium before a game on April 18, 1923. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1927. The eyes of Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder, are presented in a photograph taken during the 1927 season. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
TOKYO - NOVEMBER, 1934. Babe Ruth, American home run king, demonstrates his power during an exhibition game in Tokyo, Japan in November of 1934. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18, 1929. Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder, left, talks with teammate and first baseman Lou Gehrig in April of 1929. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1922. Babe Ruth takes batting practice in the Polo Grounds, hitting right handed instead of left, before a game in 1922. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1922. Babe Ruth has just driven a pitch toward right field during a 1922 game in Chicago's Comiskey Park. White Sox catcher Ray Schalk is at far left. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1922. Babe Ruth has just fouled a pitch into the mitt of White Sox catcher Ray Schalk during a 1922 game in Chicago's Comiskey Park. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE, 1932. Babe Ruth watches the flight of the ball he just hit down the right field line for a home run in Sportsmans Park during a game against the St. Louis Browns in June of 1932. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY, 1928. Babe Ruth, left, and Lou Gehrig compare bats before a game at Yankee Stadium in May of 1928. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1919: Babe Ruth poses outside the dugout for a photo, before a game in what looks like Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1919. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
circa 1945: American baseball player Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948), outfielder for the New York Yankees, autographs a baseball for two young fans. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 13, 1934. Babe Ruth hands Leonard Beals an autographed ball in exchange for home run ball number 700 for the Babe, which Beals retrieved during a game in Detroit on July 13, 1934. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 5, 1927. Babe Ruth takes batting practice before the start of the 1927 World Series in Yankee Stadium. In the just concluded regular season Ruth set a new record home run total with 60. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
George H. (Babe) Ruth of the New York Yankees swinging a bat in 1933 . (Photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images)
George H. (Babe) Ruth of the New York Yankees swinging a bat in 1922 . (Photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images)
circa 1925: Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, 1895 - 1948) of the New York Yankees slides into first base after Bud Clancy of the Chicago White Sox dropped a throw. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - October 6, 1926. Babe Ruth is crossing the plate after hitting his third home run on October 11, 1926 in the fourth game of the World Series in St. Louis. Bob O'Farrell is the Cardinals catcher. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: Babe Ruth holds autographed bat for Prince and Princess Kaya of Japan at Yankee Stadium where the New York Yankees went on to defeat the Detroit Tigers. Afterwards the royal pair went to a banquet held by the Japanese community at the Hotel Astor. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
American baseball legend Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948) watches a high fly ball from the coach's box at Ebbets Field during his first game as coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York, New York, June 19, 1938. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21, 1935. Babe Ruth, outfielder for the Boston Braves, scores after hitting a home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers during a game at Braves Field in Boston, April 21, 1935. The Dodger catcher is Al Lopez. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1942. Babe Ruth, New York Yankees favorite from the past, bats against Walter Johnson, during an exhibition between games of a double header against the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium in 1942. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
circa 1927: American baseball player Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, 1895 - 1948) walking out of the Yankees' dugout as fans applaud his appearance. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895-1948), NY Yankees, Portrait, 1934
Babe Ruth, American baseball player Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, Rube Foster, Del Gainer, Boston Red Sox, American League
Babe Ruth, American baseball player Babe Ruth rolling a cigar
Vintage photo circa 1919 of baseball legend Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth Jr) in Boston Red Sox strip.
Babe Ruth at bat, 1934
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New York Yankees' Babe Ruth takes a big swing at New York's Yankee Stadium June 18, 1929. (AP photo)
Babe Ruth, long known as the home run king, was just an interested spectator, April 20, 1939 in New York as he and his wife Claire turned out for the American League opener between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Yanks won, 2-0, it being the first time since the mighty Babe was the big gun of their artillery that the Yanks won their opener. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
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