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, Jidge, Jack Dunns Baby, BarnTeams: Boston Braves (1935); New York Yankees (1920-1934); Boston Red Sox (1914-1919)
One of the few legendary players who will always be remembered in the game of baseball is Babe Ruth. He was born February 6, 1895, under the name George Herman Ruth, Jr. He received his iconic nickname during his 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, as well as several other well known names including 'The Great Bambino' and 'The Sultan of Swat'. He started off playing for the Boston Red Sox as a left-handed pitcher, but his fame was earned during his time playing for the New York Yankees as an outfielder. His impressive overall record during his career earned him one of the first places in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and several of those individual records still stand to this day. Many regard him to be the best baseball player of all time, and his reputation places him amongst America's greatest sports heroes.
Babe Ruth learned his baseball talent from a man named Brother Matthias Boutlier, a member of the Christian Brothers. Boutlier was the school disciplinarian at the reformatory where Ruth was sent at the age of seven. He instilled Ruth with the skills he had in the game of baseball, and in 1914 Ruth started playing for the Orioles minor league team. He didn't stay in the minors for long, as the Red Sox quickly bought him. In less than two years he had created a reputation as an amazing pitcher, but he had a secret talent that shone occasionally as well. He was one of the few players capable of hitting long, out-of-the-park home runs. This was in a time of different equipment, and dead-hitting balls were the norm. Despite being a stellar pitcher, Ruth wanted to convert to an outfielder so he could hit more often. Once he had the opportunity, he quickly broke the home run record for a single season.
Ruth was sold to the Yankees after his transition to the Red Sox outfield, which is widely regarded as one of the worst trading decisions a team has ever made. The Red Sox went on to experience many poor seasons, and the Yankees basked in the fame brought to them by Babe Ruth. Ruth helped the Yankees win four World Series, and seven American League championships. In 1927, Ruth hit a total of 60 home runs, breaking his own record. During twelve of his twenty two seasons, Ruth lead his league in total home runs. He retired from baseball in 1935, but not before playing with the Boston Braves for a short period. He took ill with cancer in 1946 and died on August 16, 1948.
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