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Babe Ruth: Birth Date, Nickname, Stats, Life and Death, Wiki

Babe Ruth
Written by Jon Snow

Bio/Wiki

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
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Body Type Athletic

Personal Information

Date Of Birth February 6, 1895
Day of Birth Wednesday
Date of Death August 16, 1948
Reason of Death Throat cancer
Age 53
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Place Of Birth Baltimore, Maryland
Place of Death New York, New York
Nationality American
Complexion White
Mother Tongue English
Sexual Orientation Straight
Religion Roman Catholic
Signature

Family Information

Father George Herman Ruth, Sr.
Mother Katherine Schamberger
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 Qualifications

Education (Graduation) St. Mary’s Industrial School
Education (High School) Cardinal Gibbons School

Career

Position Outfielder / Pitcher
Bats Left
Throws Left
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

Hits: 2,873

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
  • First batter to hit 50 home runs in a season (54 in 1920).
  • First batter to hit 60 homers in a season (60 in 1927).
  • First batter to hit 500 homers in a career (August 11, 1929).
  • 2× All-Star (1933, 1934)
  • 7× World Series champion (1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932)
  • 1923 AL MVP
  • 12× AL home run champion (1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931)
  • 6× AL RBI champion (1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1928)
  • AL batting champion (1924)
  • AL ERA champion (1916)
  • New York Yankees #3 retired
  • Major League Baseball All-Century Team
  • Major League Baseball All-Time Team
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1936
  • Ranked #1 on The Sporting News list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players” (1998)
  • Ranked #2 by ESPN Sports Century’s Top North American Athletes of the 20th Century
  • Ranked #1 as the Greatest Maryland Athlete of all time by the Baltimore Sun in 2012.
  • Named the DHL Hometown Heroes greatest New York Yankee ever in 2006.
All time-ranking
  • 1st on all-time slugging % with 0.690
  • 1st on all-time OPS with 1.164
  • 1st on all-time OPS+ with 206
  • 2nd on all-time on-base % list with .474
  • 2nd on all-time RBI list with 2,213
  • 3rd on an all-time home run list with 714
  • 3rd on all-time bases on balls list with 2,062
  • 4th on all-time runs list with 2,174 (Tied with Hank Aaron)
  • 7th on all-time total bases list with 5,793
  • 9th on all-time batting average list with .342 (Tied with Dan Brothers)
Post-retirement: Doting Father; Golfer; Baseball Calls; Coach

Money Factor

Salary (Till now) 1922 $52,000
1923 $52,000
1924 $52,000
1925 $52,000
1926 $52,000
1927 $70,000
1928 $70,000
1929 $70,000
1930 $80,000
1931 $80,000
1932 $75,000
1933 $52,000
1934 $35,000
Total worth $800 thousand
Babe Ruth Quotes
  • “The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.”
  • “I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.”
  • “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
  • “I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.”
  • “I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.”
  • “Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.”
  • “I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.”
  • “All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.”
  • “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
  • “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.”
  • “If I’d tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around six hundred.”
  • “How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
  • “As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”
  • “Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.”
  • “Watch my dust.”
  • “I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.”
  • “All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.”
  • “I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world… the kids… our national pastime.”
  • “You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.”
  • “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”
    • Reported reply when a reporter objected that the salary Ruth was demanding ($80,000) was more than that of President Herbert Hoover’s ($75,000)
  • “I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a home run on the opening day of this great new park.”
    • April 18, 1923, about the newly built Yankee Stadium
  • “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
  • “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat.”
  • “To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.”
  • “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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