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"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

--George Herman "Babe" Ruth



(06 February 1895 - 16 August 1948)

--Legendary Pro Baseball Player

From being sent to a reformatory school and orphanage at age seven, presumably because his father ran out of ideas on how to discipline him. Another version said that after a violent incident at his father's saloon, authorities decided that the environment was unsuitable for a child. George was labeled "incorrigible" and spent the next 12 years there, where he also had to work as a shirtmaker and carpenter...

To being mentored by Brother Matthias and being signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, but was soon sold to the Red Sox. By 1916, Ruth had become a solid pitcher -who also hit long home runs, unusual for any player during the low-scoring, "dead-ball era." Ruth won 23 games in a season -twice as a pitcher. And, he was a member of three World Series championship teams.

Ruth chose to be a pitcher and an outfielder because he wanted to play every day. By 1919, he broke the MLB single-season home run record. After that season, the Red Sox sold Ruth to the Yankees creating a controversy and fueling Boston's 86-year championship drought also known as the "Curse of the Bambino."

Babe Ruth would go on to win a total of seven World Series Championships, 12x AL home run leader, Major League Baseball "All-Century" Team, Major League Baseball "All-Time" Team, one of the first five inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a Monument Park honoree. The Sporting News ranked him number one on the list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." The Associated Press reported that Babe Ruth tied with Muhammad Ali as the most recognized athlete in America. Ruth was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously. Babe Ruth is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all-time as well as one of the greatest athletes of all-time.


Learn more about this Legend (below).

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth (Hardcover) by Leigh MontvilleThe Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth (Hardcover) by Leigh Montville


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