Babe Ruth was nationally famous in 1920 and 1921. "Baby Ruth" Cleveland was a footnote in history in 1921. Most believe that the candy company made a clever ploy to take Babe Ruth's name and fame without paying royalties.
The official website (http://www.babyruth.com) is completely silent on the controversy of eight decades. Judge for yourself.
Babe Ruth, Baseball Player
Born: 6 February 1895
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Death: 16 August 1948 (cancer)
Best Known As: New York Yankee hero and "Sultan of Swat"
Ruth is the most celebrated player in baseball history. A home run king and fan favorite, Ruth was the first in a line of iconic New York Yankees which included Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Ruth began his career as a pitcher but moved to the outfield, where he gained fame as a slugger. After the Boston Red Sox sold him to the Yankees in 1920, Ruth became the most famous athlete in America.
The Baby Ruth dossier presents all sides of the story. According to the National Confectioner's Association, the candy bar was named for Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth -- although she died in 1904, and the candy was not manufactured until 1920, by the Curtiss Candy Company in Chicago. Another source, quoted in Tom Burnham's 1980 book, More Misinformation, suggests that the chocolate, caramel, nougat, and peanut log was first named for the granddaughter of the president of the Williamson Candy Company, where the recipe originated.
Claim: The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Ruth Cleveland (daughter of President Grover Cleveland), not Babe Ruth.
Word Mark BABY RUTH
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: CANDY-NAMELY, CHOCOLATE-COATED BARS. FIRST USE: 19211100. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19211100
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 71190008
Filing Date December 22, 1923
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0184645
Registration Date May 27, 1924
Owner (REGISTRANT) CURTISS CANDY COMPANY CORPORATION ILLINOIS 750 BRIAR PLACE CHICAGO ILLINOIS
(LAST LISTED OWNER) NABISCO, INC. CORPORATION BY MERGER WITH NEW JERSEY DEFOREST AVENUE EAST HANOVER NEW JERSEY 07936
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Renewal 3RD RENEWAL 19840527
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