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Monday, February 5, 2018

Babe Ruth Birthday

Today I would love to wish a great hero of baseball a Happy Birthday. This Man played many many years ago. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. played 22 seasons, from 1914 to 1935. Ruth had nicknames such as "The Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat". Ruth played pitcher for Boston Red Sox but his true feat was when he played a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. 

Babe Ruth won many MLB batting and some pitching records. He had a total of 714 career home runs, 2,213 runs batted in, and had a .690 slugging percentage which still stands today. Ruth would be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and become one of the first five members. 

Babe Ruth started life as George Herman Ruth Jr. and at seven years old was sent to a reformatory known as St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. While at the school Ruth would learn life lessons as well as gain baseball skills. He would enter into minor league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in 1914 but 2 years later would be sold to Red Sox. Ruth would get a reputation of the ability to not only pitch but hit long home runs. These feats seem nearly common now but in the old days they were qualities that helped him stand out. 

The Red Sox would sell Ruth to the Yankees and the "Curse of the Bambino" a 86 year championship drought would take place. Playing for the Yankees Ruth would help earn seven American League Championships and 4 world series. In many Ways Ruth helped make baseball the popular sport it is today. Not only was he an awesome player with legendary power but also had a charismatic personality. 

Babe Ruth would pass of cancer in 1948.

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