|Full Name||George Herman Ruth|
|Nickname (s)||Babe, The Great Bambino; The Colossus of Clout; The Sultan of Swat; The Big Bam; The Behemoth of Bust; Jedge; The Caliph of Clout; The Wazir of Wham; The Maharajah of Mash; The Rajah of Rap; The Blunderbuss; The Mammoth of Maul; The Mauling Mastodon; The Mauling Monarch; The Wali of Wallop; The Prince of Powders; The King of Crash; The King of Clout; The Colossus of Crash; The King of Swing; The Terrible Titan; The Kid of Crash|
|Profession (s)||Baseball Player; Baseball Manager; Actor|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 188 cm|
|in meters: 1.88 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft. 2 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 97.5 kg|
|in pounds: 215 lbs|
|Date Of Birth||February 6, 1895|
|Day of Birth||Wednesday|
|Date of Death||August 16, 1948|
|Reason of Death||Throat cancer|
|Place Of Birth||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Place of Death||New York, New York|
|Father||George Herman Ruth, Sr.|
|Siblings||7 siblings. One of them, Mamie, her sister, survived till her grown-up age|
|Children||Daughter Dorothy (adopted)|
|Wives||Helen Woodford (1914 – 1929 – until her death)|
|Claire Merritt Hodgeson (1929 – until his death)|
|Education (Graduation) St. Mary’s Industrial School|
|Education (High School) Cardinal Gibbons School|
|Position||Outfielder / Pitcher|
|Sports Career||3 teams|
|MLB debut||July 11, 1914, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance||May 30, 1935, for the Boston Braves|
|MLB statistics||Batting average: .342
Home runs: 714
Runs batted in: 2,213
Win-loss record: 94–46
Earned run average: 2.28
|Teams||Boston Red Sox (1914–1919)
New York Yankees (1920–1934)
Boston Braves (1935)
|Awards and Honours||
|Post-retirement: Doting Father; Golfer; Baseball Calls; Coach|
|Salary (Till now)||1922||$52,000|
|Total worth||$800 thousand|
|Babe Ruth Quotes||
Lesser known facts about Babe Ruth
- The real name of Babe Ruth was George Herman Ruth Jr. He was popularly known as “Babe” as he signed his first professional baseball contract only at the age of 19. During those years, the laws of United States were such that 19 years old fall under minor category and they needed a guardian to sign their professional contracts which led George’s teammates jokingly mock him as a babe!
- Babe Ruth had several other nicknames famous as well such as “The Great Bambino”, “The Colossus of Clout”, “The King of Crash” and “The Sultan of Swat”.
- Babe Ruth was born to German parents in the city of Baltimore in Maryland, United States and had seven siblings.
- At the age of seven, Babe Ruth went to study at an orphanage school for boys in Baltimore, named St. Mary’s Industrial School (although no exact reason is clearly known behind this event, according to some reports it was done by Brother Matthias of the church to protect Babe Ruth from his abusive father).
- Babe Ruth used to play baseball at school level during his years in the St. Mary’s Industrial School and got acclaimed in the city as one of the best baseball players around in the area.
- Babe Ruth got so much fame during his initial playing years at school that he was directly approached by Jack Dunn, the owner of a local Baseball team in Baltimore at a very young age.
- Jack Dunn was so impressed by George Ruth after watching him play that he readily signed on his professional contract as his legal guardian. In fact, it was Jack Dunn whose “Babe” George’s teammates used to call him and through he got his famous nickname.
- Babe Ruth always looked up to Jack Dunn for any kind of professional as well as personal advice. In one of his interviews, he even referred to him as a fatherly figure to him.
- During his stay at the St. Mary’s Industrial School, apart from academic education and sports, Babe Ruth was also trained for certain working skills such as carpentry, shirt-making, shoemaking, and cooking.
- Due to discipline and restrictions regulated by his school, Babe Ruth was allowed to visit his family very less often. He was also allowed only a day’s leave when his mother died (when he was just twelve years old).
- The first Minor Baseball League tournament played by Babe Ruth was with Jack Dunn’s team named the Minor-League Baltimore Orioles, in 1914.
- After his first appearance in the baseball tournament, the inter-squad game, Babe Ruth started driving his team towards successful wins one after the other, which made him a star pitcher.
- It was reported that due to low media coverage and less public attention that the local team of Baltimore got, in several years, the Jack Dunn was forced to trade his best player and sell his contract to some bigger team so that he could arrange funds for his team.
- After being negotiated by a number of teams, Babe Ruth was finally traded off to Boston Red Sox.
- While his stay at Boston, Babe Ruth met Helen Woodford (his first wife) who used to work as a waitress at a local coffee shop.
- It was the Boston Red Sox where Babe Ruth got his nickname “the Big Baboon” which he did not like at all, but his teammates used to bully him for his big lips and dark complexion. He was even side-lined by his teammates in his initial years and was just offered a corner to sit quietly during the team meets.
- During his years at the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth played his first Major League Baseball tournament. Later in his career, he went on to play 22 Major League Tournaments for different teams and holds a legendary record for it.
- The legend Babe Ruth has a film based upon his life, named The Babe Ruth story, which is a biographic baseball film base depicting all the major events of his life till 1948.
- During 1914-1917, Babe Ruth emerged as a hitter and had a very good playing average before baseball was affected by the hit of World War I in which Unites States also got affected.
- After the World War, I ended in 1918 and the baseball tournaments resumed, Babe Ruth again played for the Boston Red Sox and again led it to a great historical victory over the Chicago Cubs.
- In spite of such glorious wins that Babe Ruth got for the Boston Red Sox, he was traded off to the New York Yankees in 1919. Again the reason for this trade-off, like his previous one, was given as the need for funds for the team. While some other reports suggested that the reason behind this was something else. It is said that because of his winning streak, Babe Ruth was asking for more money (double than his existing amount) in his contract renewal in 1919, which the Boston Red Sox owner at that time, Harry Frazee, did not agree upon.
- During his play in the New York Yankees, he transformed himself completely from a pitcher to a hitter and played amazingly well for the team over the first four years starting from 1920 to 1923.
- In 1924, Babe Ruth suffered from ill health which kept on relapsing along with his frequent injuries which led him to gain a lot of weight as well. He was even hospitalized during his frequent collapses. He also suffered from multiple convulsions. All of these illnesses were touted by some reports to be an effect of his bad eating habits which frequently caused him bad bellyaches and other complications. However, nobody came to know the clear or exact cause(s) of his illness.
- After suffering from ailment from about two years, Babe Ruth starting getting back into shape in around 1926 and again played a handful of good tournaments and series for the New York Yankees. During this era, the team of the New York Yankees began to be called as the “Murderer’s Row” because of the great player line-up it has in the team at that time which went on to become one of the most powerful and best playing teams in the history of baseball.
- Babe Ruth used to play with a uniform number of 3 because it was his batting order in the New York Yankees team who started the trend of wearing numbered uniforms and designed uniforms for both home matches as well as matches to be played away from their home ground, the Yankees Stadium.
- During the 1930s, Babe Ruth felt that he has played enough on the field and was more interested in doing the managerial work for the baseball teams. His first preference was, of course, the Yankees, but it did not work out. He then tried for the manager positions in the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers, and the Cincinnati Reds but nothing happened there as well. Disappointed, Babe Ruth announced that he would retire if he wasn’t made the manager. Then came Boston Braves in 1935 which offered Babe Ruth to play for them and promised to make him the manager of their team within a year to which he agreed.
- Babe Ruth played for the Boston Braves for a short period of time before finally retiring from his playing field career in 1937 after he realized that his wish of becoming the manager was being cruelly neglected by all the teams.
- Babe Ruth was left disappointed for not being given a chance to play the role of a manager for a baseball team. It was believed that the team management felt that the personal conduct of Babe Ruth was not as good as his field success.
- Babe Ruth had an adopted daughter, named Dorothy, with his first wife with whom he separated after eleven years of marriage. Reports claim that his first wife, Helen, left him because of his extra-marital affairs. Helen later died young (aged 31) in a house fire.
- After his first failed marriage, Babe Ruth got married to model and actress Claire Merritt Hodgson who whom he had adopted a daughter too, named Julia.
- Babe Ruth died at the age of 53 because of malignant cancer of the skull and neck which was not possible to be operated. In spite of getting treated by chemotherapy, the cancer was incurable.
- The dead body of Babe Ruth was kept in the casket on display in the Yankee Stadium for two days as an honor for his contribution to the baseball game and particularly the team of New York Yankees. A thousand fans paid a visit to his body.
- A granite monument was erected in 1949 in the center field of the Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to the legendary Babe Ruth which would act as a source of inspiration for the future generation of baseball players to come.
- Babe Ruth was probably one of the most legendary players associated with baseball and has to his name the most expensive baseball memorabilia which were ever sold in any auction.