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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Babe Ruth Day

George Herman Ruth Jr. was born on February 6, 1895. He would grow up to be a great ball player and be known to the world as Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth was not only a great baseball player but considered to many to be the greatest Major League Baseball (MLB) players in U.S. history. 

Babe Ruth also known as "The Bambino" created a legacy that lives on years after his death in 1948. A legendary ball player Babe Ruth continues to have a fan following. Babe Ruth Day allows baseball fans to pay homage to the player and his career and commemorate his passing.

Babe Ruth Day dates back to 1947. The date coincides when Ruth returned to Yankee Stadium and speak before thousands of fans. In effect this was Ruth's way of saying farewell to baseball. 

Ruth would die of throat cancer a year later at the age of 53. But that night he was still the king as he appeared in front of 58,339 fans at Yankee Stadium. The champ was greeted with players, newspaper and radio persons who would all choke up with tears in their eyes.

George Herman Ruth had spent most of his childhood at a Roman Catholic reformatory in Baltimore. His parent had chose to have Ruth live there as he did not behave as thy thought he should and had a free spirit as as student as well. Baseball would become an outlet of escape for him. At the age of 19 in 1914 he joined the minor league Baltimore Orioles team. This is where he would be given the nick name Babe. The Boston Red Sox would acquire him that same year.

Babe Ruth would pitch for the Boston Red Sox The Red Sox would win the World Series in 1916 and 1918. In 1919 Babe Ruth's contract would b sold to the Yankees for quite a large sum. Whether this happened because of Ruth's demand for more money or the owner's choice to use the money earned to finance other interest is not clear.

Ruth would play the outfield and become a full time hitter playing in the outfield. This is where Ruth would shine. The popularity that Ruth would enjoy would help the yankees as well. The Yankees would move to their own ballpark in the Bronx. This stadium would become known as the House that Ruth Built. 1927 was Ruth's greatest season as he hit 60 homeruns.

Ruth's life off the field would become a legend as well. During the roaring 20s he enjoyed the party life. He had fans of all ages and showed the love for his fans as well. 

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