George Herman Ruth Jr. also known as Babe Ruth was born on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, MD. He was born to the parents of George Sr and Kate was also one of eight kids. George Jr and his sister Maime was the only two that survived. George Jr was was a bit of a trouble maker, often skipped school. When he turned 7 his parents sent him to St. Mary Industrial School for boys. This was an all Catholic school run by monks. While he was at St. Mary he learned vocational skills and got a love for the game of baseball. Once he took an interest in baseball brother Matthias begins working with Babe Ruth to perfect his game. Babe Ruth had got so good that Matthias invited the owner of the Baltimore Orioles Jack Dunn. After Mr. Dunn seen Babe Ruth play he signed him at the age of 19.
Dunn had to become George’s legal guardian in order to complete the contract. Upon seeing George Jr. for the first time, the Orioles players referred to him as “Jack’s newest babe”, and thus the most famous nickname in American sports history was born. Thereafter, George Herman Ruth Jr. was known as the Babe. Babe performed well for Dunn and the Orioles, leading to the sale of Babe to the Boston Red Sox by Dunn. While Babe is most known for his prodigious power as a slugger, he started his career as a pitcher, and a very good one at that. In 1914, Babe appeared in five games for the Red Sox, pitching in four of them. He won his major league debut on July 11, 1914.
due to a loaded roster, Babe was optioned to the Red Sox minor league team, the Providence Grays, where he helped lead them to the International League pennant. Babe became a permanent fixture in the Red Sox rotation in 1915, accumulating an 18-8 record with an ERA of 2.44. He followed up his successful first season with a 23-12 campaign in 1916, leading the league with a 1.75 ERA. In 1917, he went 24-13 with a 2.01 ERA and a staggering 35 complete games in 38 starts.
On December 26, 1919, Babe was sold to the New York Yankees and the two teams would never be the same again.
After becoming a New York Yankee, Babe’s transition to a full-time outfielder became complete. Babe dominated the game, amassing numbers that had never been seen before. He changed baseball from a grind it out style to one of power and high scoring games. He re-wrote the record books from a hitting standpoint, combining a high batting average with unbelievable power. The result was an assault on baseball’s most hallowed records. In 1920, he bested the homerun record he set in 1919 by belting a staggering 54 homeruns, a season in which no other player hit more than 19 and only one team hit more than Babe did individually.
Despite passing over 60 years ago, Babe still remains the greatest figure in major league baseball, and one of the true icons in American history. The Babe helped save baseball from the ugly Black Sox scandal, and gave hope to millions during The Great Depression. He impacted the game in a way never seen before, or since. He continues to be the benchmark by which all other players are measured. Despite last playing nearly 75 years ago, Babe is still widely considered the greatest player in Major League Baseball history.