About Babe Ruth
The estimated wealth of George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr., an American professional baseball player, was $1 million. He was born on February 6, 1895, and died on August 16, 1948. Ruth was one of eight children born to George Ruth, Sr. and Kate Ruth in Baltimore in the late 1800s. Only two of those kids would make it. He was sent to a private Catholic boarding school when he was 7 years old because his parents both had demanding jobs. It was there that he developed a passion for baseball, America’s pastime.
Becoming known as “Babe”
Brother Matthias, a Catholic monk, served as Ruth’s first coach.
Young George was so highly regarded by the monks that they invited Jack Dunn, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles at the time, to come take a look. George received a contract offer from the Orioles to play baseball in less than an hour. One glimpse at the 19-year-old when he initially came in camp and other players had already given him the moniker “one of Jack Dunn’s babes.” George eventually adopted the moniker Babe Ruth. On July 11, 1914, he made his Major League baseball debut.
The Major Leagues and Babe Ruth
Babe gave well enough performances to be traded to the Boston Red Sox, a larger organization with more financial resources. In his second full season in the majors, Babe Ruth went 18-8 with a 2.44 ERA, solidifying his place in the Boston pitching rotation. The Babe turned into the Sultan of Swat, stroking a massive bat in the Boston lineup, and he backed that up with pitching seasons of 23-12 and 24-13.
Ruth was a consistent member of the Boston lineup by 1918, leading the majors with a modest 11 home runs. The New York Yankees entered the bidding when that number increased to 29 the next year.
Everything for the Babe changed once he became a Yankee. He started to control every aspect of the game, especially with his strong bat. He hit an astounding 54 home runs in 1920, which were 19 more than the next greatest player in the category. That year, with the exception of one, Ruth personally outslugged every Major League Baseball club. The Yankees became the most feared team in baseball after Ruth hit the cleanup, and Yankee Stadium was dubbed “The House That Ruth Built.”
Babe Ruth went on to smash 714 home runs in his career, a mark that stood until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974. He continues to rank among baseball’s all-time leaders in home runs. He was also accomplished in the following areas:
- *A 2 time All Star
- *A 7 time world champion
- *The 1923 AL MVP
- *Named the Greatest Baseball Player of All-Time by The Sporting News
- *Named the Greatest Baseball Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated
- Born: Feb. 6, 1895
- Hometown: Baltimore
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 215
- Batted: Left
- Threw: Left
- Family: First wife Helen Woodford died in 1929. Second wife was Claire Hodgson. Two daughters, Dorothy Ruth (died in 1989) and Julia Ruth Stephens.
- Primary position: Right field
His prowess at home runs transformed the game from the dead-ball era to the live-ball age, making him widely regarded as the greatest player ever and the finest right fielder. He set records for hitting 700 home runs and 60 in a season (19), both of which persisted for many years. He is currently ranked second behind Hank Aaron (2,217) on the all-time RBI record and third overall (714) in terms of home runs.
Ruth has an OPS (on base plus slugging) career record of 1.1636.
As of 2012, his lifetime hitting average of.342 ranks as the tenth-highest in baseball history.
twelve times in a 14-year period, from 1918 to 1931, led the American League in home runs.
Pitcher who made his big-league debut on July 11 of 1914 and went 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA for the Red Sox.
one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in history, entered the Red Sox starting rotation in 1915 and helped them win back-to-back world championships. In 1916, he won 24 games with a 2.01 ERA while also leading the AL with 23 wins and a 1.75 ERA. In 1918, when Ruth alternated between pitching and playing outfield, Boston won its third title. Ruth also set a record by leading the American League (AL) for the first time with 11 home runs in 217 at-bats. Pitcher who won Games 1 and 4 of the World Series.
With the Red Sox in 1919, he was an outfielder (and part-time pitcher) who set a major-league record with 29 home runs. He broke the mark once more in 1927 after doing so thrice in the next two seasons.
After the 1919 season, Ruth was traded by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to the New York Yankees for $200,000 and a debt for $300,000. It is one of the most controversial deals in baseball history. With the money, Frazee purchased the Broadway show “No, No, Nanette.” It was said to have put the Red Sox under an 84-year curse.
After giving up pitching, he hit a then-unprecedented 54 home runs and batted.376 in 1920. That season, he set a record with a slugging percentage of.847, which held until 2001. was even better in 1921, hitting 59 home runs and hitting.378.
set a Yankees record in 1923, the first season they played in “The House That Ruth Built.” now known as Yankee Stadium, with a.393 hitting average. Never has the.393 average been surpassed. he hit three home runs in the series against the New York Giants, which helped him win his first World Series with New York and the only time he was chosen MVP in his career.
scored.378 in 1924, the year he won his only batting title.
joined forces with Lou Gehrig and others to form the lineup known as “Murderers Row.” which went on to win another World Series in 1927. Ruth set a record with 60 home runs, the Yankees went 110-44, and they won the World Series in four games.
In the 1928 World Series, the Yankees won again, giving him a career-high batting average of.625.
won his final World Series in 1932, making his renowned “called shot” against the Cubs in Game 3 at Wrigley Field. His 15 World Series home runs ended with this one.
was a member of the 1933 All-Star squad.
Ruth was traded to the Boston Braves because he wanted to manage, which wasn’t going to happen with the Yankees.
On May 25, 1935, he became the first player to hit three home runs in a single game, with his final shot at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh clearing the roof. Five games later, he injured his knee, and he never played again.
Off the field:
He was adored by fans and is arguably the most well-known player in American sports history despite having a reckless and wild lifestyle.
He was once punished for spitting on an umpire and entering the stands to stifle a heckler.
the 1925 season was largely missed due to an unknown illness (speculated to be alcohol poisoning or venereal disease).
He was one of the original five players chosen in 1936 for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He had a successful radio career and a long cinema career. He died in 1948 at the age of 53 from nasopharyngeal cancer.
Legacy and Death
Ruth passed away from cancer on August 16, 1948, in New York. 100,000 people flocked to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to pay their respects as his body lay in state. Despite the fact that it has been 75 years since Babe Ruth last played, he is still considered as one of the all-time great players.