Babe Ruth
By: Derrick Kipp

Babe Ruth was a famous baseball player in the 1920s.  He was born in a town called Pig town in Baltimore, Maryland on February 6, 1895.  He was only 53 when he passed in his sleep due to an inoperable malignant tumor that was located at the base of his skull.  He died on August 16, 1948.  Babe Ruth was born to George Herman Ruth, Sr.(Babe Ruth's real name is George Herman Ruth) and Katherine Schamberger who were both German American. He was originally suppose to have seven other siblings but only one lived past infancy, his sister Mamie Ruth. His power and personality made him a very popular figure back in the '20s.  However, he was a real target for the press due to poor behavior in some of his games and off-field endeavors of drinking and womanizing.  Even though he led a reckless lifestyle he had a willingness to do good; he often would visit children in orphanages and hospitals.  Sadly after his retirement, he was denied jobs for baseball due to his behavior during his career. In the final years of his life he made many appearances in public to help support American efforts in World War II. After the war he fell ill in 1946 and died 2 years later.   

Ruth played major league baseball from 1914 to 1935.  In his 22 season career, he played for 3 teams; the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Boston Braves.  After his career Ruth was inducted into the hall of fame in 1936.

Due to his living conditions with his family, the city authorities decided for him to attend St. Mary's which he entered June 13, 1902. He pretty much spent his next 12 years of life at St. Mary's.  St. Mary's inmates received an education, but most of the time they worked ounce the boys reached the age 12.  At St. Mary's, Ruth was a shirtmaker and a pretty skilled carpenter.  He adjusted his own shirt collars instead of letting a tailor do it, even during his baseball career in which he was highly paid.  I don't much about adjusting shirt collars but it sounds kind of difficult.  Babe Ruth was only allowed to leave the facility on rare occasions, such as his own mother's funeral.

Babe Ruth (top row, center) at St. Mary's Industrial School for boys. He played for a baseball league here as well.

Babe Ruth had 2 spouses. Helen Ruth was his first. They were married for 15 years (1914-1929). In 1929 he married someone else, named Claire Merritt Ruth. He married her until he died in 1948.

Helen Ruth, first spouse
Claire Merritt Ruth, second spouse

Babe Ruth probably was or would have been good friends with fellow baseball players Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Jim Bottomly.

Two of my favorite quotes from Babe Ruth are: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back", and "Every strike brings me closer to a home run". Even though these quotes mostly dealt with baseball, they can be related to everyday life.

Three interesting facts that I didn't know about Babe Ruth was that he could actually speak German, smoked an average of 12 cigars a day, and his favorite catch phrase was "watch my dust!"

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