By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this spotlight story, we’ll look into the baseball career of George Herman Ruth Jr. He was commonly known as “Babe” Ruth.
The legendary baseball player was nicknamed “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat.” He was born in the Pigtown section of Baltimore, Maryland.
His parents were Katherine Schamberger and George Herman Ruth Sr. Much of the details of his childhood are not known.
In 1914, he signed a baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles. At the time, the Orioles were known as an International League team.
He was then sold to the Boston Red Sox in July 1914. He was purchased with Ernie Shore and Ben Egan by the Red Sox from the Orioles for $25,000.
He julyed the Red Sox on July 11, 1914. In his very first game against the Cleveland Naps, Boston won 4-3 at Fenway Park,
Ruth received the win on the mound. He went seven innings and allowed three runs, including two earned runs, on eight hits.
He appeared as a hitter in four games that season. He also went 2-1 in four games, including three starts, and one complete game that season.
Ruth had a 3.91 ERA, while allowing 12 runs (10 earned runs), including one home run, on 21 hits in 23 innings.
He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Red Sox. He was with the Red Sox from 1914 through 1919.
Following the 1919 season, he was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Red Sox for $100,000.
With the Yankees, he had a .349 batting average with 659 home runs and 1,978 RBIs in 2,084 games. He also had 424 doubles and 106 triples on 2,518 hits, while scoring 1,959 runs.
In his New York career, he was part of the 1927 lineup that was dubbed “Murders’ Row.” He had 60 home runs that season.
As a member of the Red Sox, he had a .308 batting average with 49 home runs and 224 RBIs in 391 games. He also had 82 doubles and 30 triples on 342 hits, while scoring 202 runs.
He concluded his career with the Boston Braves in 1935. He had a .181 batting average with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 28 games. He also had 13 hits and scored 13 runs.
Ruth was a seven-time World Series Champion. He was also a two-time All-Star and MVP. In his career, he also won a batting title and an ERA title.
The Bambino led the American League in home runs 12 times. Plus, he also led the American League with the most RBIs six times.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. He went into the Hall with a 95.13% of the vote.
In addition, he was named to the MLB all-time team. He also was named to the MLB All-Century team.
He is part of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. And has a spot in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium. His No. 3 jersey is retired by the Yankees.
In 2018, President Donald Trump awarded him posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He was named Baseball’s Greatest Player in a ballot in 1969 for the 100th anniversary of baseball. ESPN named Ruth the second Ruth the second greatest athlete of all-time behind Michael Jordan in 1999.
In 1946, this baseball giant was diagnosed with throat cancer. He died of cancer at 53 on August 16, 1948 at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, New York.
He is buried on a hillside at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.
In 1951, the Babe Ruth League was started in Hamilton, New Jersey. This is a league that allows players between 13-15 to play at a standard 90’ diamond under official baseball rules used by MLB.
Presently, there are eight regions in the Babe Ruth League. These include the Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic, Midwest Plains, Southeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, and New England.
Notable alumni includes Tom Brady, Chris Drury, Michael Jordan, Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Coach Roy Williams, John Elway, Scott Boras, Jack Del Rio, Rush Limbaugh, and Mike Trout.
There is also a Babe Ruth Museum located at 216 Emory Street in Baltimore, Maryland. This museum includes baseball memorabilia and other sports exhibits.
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