George Herman Ruth Jr. known by the names of Sultan of Swat, the Home Run King, Bambino, the Babe.
Many people are not a where, that a lot of his records are for both pitching and hitting. He might have become baseball's greatest left-handed pitcher. Instead, he moved to the outfield and became its greatest hitter Babe Ruth is often referred to as the greatest baseball player who ever lived. In 22 seasons, Babe Ruth hit a record 714 home runs.
George's parents worked ran a bar and worked long hours and when he was young, George ran the streets of Baltimore, Maryland getting into trouble.Babe Ruth, born as George Herman Ruth Jr., and his sister Mamie were the only two of George and Kate Ruth's eight children to survive childhood.
After leading the Boston Red Sox to two World Series victories, he was traded to the New York Yankees following the 1918 season. The Yankees, who had never won a pennant before, became recurrent American League and World Series champions. The Red Sox failed to win another World Series until 2004. Unable to control Ruth his parents placed him in St. Mary's Industrial School at the age of seven. Ruth hated the school, but there he learned the game of baseball. By the age of 15, he was playing both catcher and pitcher for St Mary's vasity team. Although George was a natural as soon as he stepped onto the baseball field, it was Brother Matthias, at St. Mary's, who helped George twak his skills.
when George Ruth was 19, minor league recruiter Jack Dunn, he liked the way George pitched and signed him to the Baltimore Orioles for $600. George was elated to get paid to play the game he loved so much.
The name "Babe" has several stories about how George Ruth got his nickname. The most noted is that Dunn was often finding new recruits and so when George Ruth showed up at practice, another player called out, "he's one of Dunnie's babes," which in thecourse of time was just shortened to "Babe."
Jack Dunn was great at finding talented baseball players, but he was losing money. After only five months with the Orioles, Dunn sold Babe Ruth to the Boston Red Sox on July 10, 1914. During ruths three seasons in Boston, he was a pitcher. Breaking Christy Mathewson's record In his first World Series, he pitched 29 2/3rds scoreless innings, breaking Christy Mathewson's record. The record would stand for 43 years. The Red Sox won the World Series that year and again in 1918. In three regular seasons, Ruth had accumlated a record of 94 wins and 46 losses, but despite his out standing performance as a pitcher, he was already developing his skills as a hitter. He played some outfield and some first base during the 1918 season. Playing solely outfield for the first time in 1919, his 29 home runs set the major league record, but the Red Sox finished far behind in the pennant race.
Many were surprised when it was announced in 1920 that Babe Ruth had been traded to the New York Yankees. Babe Ruth had been traded for a enormous contract of $125,000 (more than twice the amount ever paid for any other player). In 1920, he broke his own home run record and hit an amazing 54 home runs in one season.
In 1921, he broke his own home run record with 59 home runs. Fans flocked to see the amazing Babe Ruth in action. Babe drew in so many fans that when the new Yankee Stadium was built in 1923, many called it "The House That Ruth Built."
In 1927, Babe Ruth was part of the team that many consider the best baseball team in history. It was during that year that he hit 60 home runs in a season! (Babe's single season record for home runs stood for 34 years.)