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Babe Ruth Biography – One of the Legends from Baseball History

Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves throughout a career spanning 21 years. He was best known for his record home runs and power hits, achievements that immortalized him in American history.

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Babe Ruth Biography - Life and Death

Born to German-American parents in a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. was quoted as saying he had a rough childhood. Twelve years of the Babe Ruth biography took place in St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, where a missionary became his mentor and baseball trainer. In 1913, 18-year-old Babe Ruth was discovered by Washington Senators pitcher Joe Engel in a game between St. Mary’s Industrial School and Mount St. Mary’s University. He worked with Ruth’s mentor, Brother Matthias Boutlier, to get Ruth signed on to the Baltimore Orioles, then a minor league team. His major league career began in July 1914, as a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He took the team to the World Series and became famous as a hitter before he was sold in 1919 to the New York Yankees. His career declined by the time he was playing for the Boston Braves, an infamous turn in the Babe Ruth biography. He retired as a player in 1935 and endured various illnesses, finally succumbing to pneumonia in 1948.

Babe Ruth World Series - The Championships

Babe Ruth helped his teams win the World Series seven times. As a pitcher, he sealed the victory of the Boston Red Sox in Game Four of the 1918 World Series. The Babe Ruth World Series winning streaks with the Red Sox included 29 2/3 innings, unbeaten until 1961 by Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees. As a hitter for the New York Yankees, Ruth help the team get into the 1921 World Series, which they lost to the New York Giants. He hit his first World Series home run in this season. He would win the championship for the Yankees two years later, meeting the Giants on the field again. The 1932 series was a momentous part of the Babe Ruth World Series history, when he shot a home run to the center field after pointing to that part of the ball park at the at-bat portion of the game. This year the Yankees won against the Chicago Cubs, marking the last year that Ruth would participate in the World Series.

Babe Ruth Softball - The Background

The nonprofit Babe Ruth League Incorporated established a softball division in 1984 to train and sharpen the skills of girls as young as five and as old as eighteen. The Babe Ruth Softball Division works with local leagues across the United States and Canada, working its way up to the state and regional divisions to provide education and guidance to young female baseball players. It hosts a tournament trail every year as well as the World Series for the 12 years and under division as well as the 16 and under division, playing off regional champions in the U.S. and Canada. The organization sponsors housing, meals and transportation costs during the World Series.

Written by Jerry Fulton

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