MILTON, Mass. (AP) – Charles Devens, the last living New York Yankee from Babe Ruth’s final championship season of 1932, has died. He was 93.

Devens, who was also a leading Boston businessman, died Wednesday at his Milton home.

A star pitcher for Harvard, Devens was wooed by the Yankees.

“He’s got everything it takes – speed, brains, fielding ability, and hitting power,” Yankees legendary manager Joe McCarthy said once.

Jacob Ruppert, then Yankees’ owner, came up to Boston on his 90-foot team yacht, and invited Devens and his parents aboard.

“There, with my grandparents in attendance, he signed a rookie contract with a bonus of $5,000,” Devens’ son, Charles Devens Jr., told The Boston Globe. “The Yankees wanted him in the game right away.”

Devens stayed with the Yankees that season, winning his only start. They went on to win the World Series over the Chicago Cubs. Devens recalled witnessing one of baseball’s most famous moments: Ruth’s controversial “called shot.”

“The pitcher, Charlie Root, got strike two called on Ruth, and Babe put up a finger and pointed. To me, it looked like he was pointing to the center-field stands. On the next pitch, he hit it into them,” he told the Globe in an interview last year.

“(Babe Ruth) was a generous man,” Devens said last year. “I idolized him, yes and no. I idolized him because of his ability, and I didn’t idolize him because he drank a lot and liked the ladies.”

Devens’ last season was in 1934, when he pitched one game in the majors and won it in a complete-game, 11-inning effort.

He left the game for love. The father of his bride-to-be told him he didn’t want a ballplayer for a son-in-law, Devens’ son said.

“Ed Barrow 1/8former Yankees’ owner 3/8 said I gave up a brilliant career,” Mr. Devens said last year. But he never had any regrets, he said.

His future father-in-law set him up with a teller’s job at the State Street Trust Co., where he started at $15 a week and eventually worked his way up to vice president.

In 1954, he left the bank to become president of Incorporated Investors, then one of the country’s oldest and largest mutual funds. It later merged with Putnam.

Devens – whose great-uncle is the person for whom Fort Devens in Ayer is named – also fought in World War II and was honored with a Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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