Nicknames: The Great Bambino, The Bambino, The Big Fellow, The Sultan of Swat, The Caliph of Clout, Babe, The Big Bam, The Behemoth of bust, Jack Dunns Baby, BarnTeams: Boston Braves (1935); New York Yankees (1920-1934); Boston Red Sox (1914-1919)
Babe Ruth is one of the most legendary figures in baseball history and the cornerstone of the sports collecting industry. He is one of the most accomplished players in Major League Baseball history establishing many batting records including career home runs, runs batted in and slugging percentage. He was the most dominant player of his era and changed the culture of baseball in general, which made him one of the most famous men in America.
He began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1915 and excelled on the mound while also exhibiting power at the plate. Once he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1920 and became a full-time player his slugging would revolutionize the game of baseball, slamming the door on the Dead Ball Era. His home run prowess boosted the popularity of the game and ushered in a new period in baseball with the home run as a major factor. Ruth paired with another Yankee legend, Lou Gehrig, in the 1920s to turn the Bronx Bombers into the most dominant teams in baseball, winning seven titles in the decade. The 1927 Yankees, an offensive juggernaut nicknamed “Murderer’s Row,” is considered one of the best teams in baseball history. They won the World Series and that season saw Ruth break his own home run record with 60 long balls.
Babe Ruth became a star off the field as well, revolutionizing how athletes were marketed and achieved celebrity heights no athlete had previously reached. Ruth appeared in movies and on stage and his name and likeness were used to promote countless products. Following his retirement in 1935 he remained in the public eye with frequent public appearances, particularly in support of the United State’s WWII efforts.
Ruth was a member of the Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame’s inaugural class and died of cancer at age 53 in 1948 but remains one of baseball’s most important figures. He is a centerpiece of the sports collecting community, his cards and collectibles are some of the most sought after by both collectors and investors alike. Generally, his card is the key card of any issue in which he appears and high-grade examples can reach six figures. Babe Ruth memorabilia is likewise a crucial part of any collection. His game worn and game used items command premium prices, along with any of his many awards, and his autograph is valuable in any condition. Any Ruth ephemera holds value as well, tickets or programs to his important events, advertising pieces from his off-field endeavors and photographs are all highly collected.
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