The Life and Times of George Herman (Babe) Ruth


Babe RuthGeorge Herman 'Babe' Ruth, Jr. was born in Baltimore Maryland, in 1895. He was one of eight children, six of whom died during infancy.

He did not have a happy childhood. This can be attributed, in part, to the fact that he was left to fend for himself, the majority of the time. His parents, both, worked long hours at their family-owned tavern and could find little time to care for him.

At the age of seven, his father signed over custody to Catholic missionaries who ran the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. For the next twelve years he had little contact with family and was known to be quite incorrigible.

George eventually befriended one of the missionaries who encouraged him to get involved in baseball and helped him to improve his swing. George soon joined the St. Mary's team, where he proved to be quite an accomplished player.

At the age of 19, he was offered a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Team manager, Jack Dunn, was a well known baseball scout, who saw great promise in George. It didn't take long before George was recognized as 'Jack's newest Babe' or 'Babe Ruth', for short.

Through the years he was also commonly referred to as 'The Bambino' and 'The Sultan of Swat.'

Babe's Major League baseball career officially began in July of 1914. He played his final game in May of 1935. During that time, he played for three major league teams: the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves.

Babe is widely considered the greatest player in baseball history. He was one of the first five players that were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

His overall career statistics are legendary. With a batting average of .342, 714 home runs and 2,217 runs batted in, he was a hard act to follow. His home run record remained unbeatable for 39 years, until Hank Aaron broke it, in 1974.

During his career, Babe was awarded numerous awards and was recognized for several career highlights. He was named All-Star on two separate occasions. He won a total of seven World Series championships. He was also named the league's Most Valuable Player and was the first individual to hit 30, 40, 50 AND 60 home runs, in a single season.

Babe was married two times. He had two daughters, one of whom was adopted. He enjoyed spending his winters in Florida, where he frequented the golf course.