Began his career as a left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox in 1914, compiling a 78-40 record
Converted to a hitter in 1919 because of his great hitting ability
During the 1919 season, he set a new home run record (29) and led the league in runs, RBI's, and slugging percentage.
That winter Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees
He led the league in home runs in 8 of the next 10 years
He bested his own home run record by hitting 60 in 1927.
Quote about The Babe
"... I've seen them; kids, men, women, worshippers all, hoping to get his name on a torn, dirty piece of paper, or hoping for a grunt of recognition when they said, 'Hi-ya, Babe.' He never let them down; not once. He was the greatest crowd pleaser of them all." - Waite Hoyt, teammate of Babe Ruth
During his illustrious career he:
Played a total of 20 seasons.
Led the league in home run 12 times, in runs 8 times, in RBI's 6 times, and in slugging 13 times.
Ended with a lifetime batting average of .342
Is the all-time leader in home run percentages (1/8.5 AB), walks (2056), and slugging (.690).
Is 2nd all-time in home runs (714), runs, and RBIs
Quote from The Babe
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." - Babe Ruth
Did You Know?
Babe Ruth is credited with the invention of the modern baseball bat. He was the first player to order a bat with a knob on the end of the handle. Louisville Slugger produced the bat which he hit 29 home runs in 1919.
Babe Ruth was one of only two people (Reggie Jackson being the other) to ever hit three home runs in a World Series game and is the only one to do it twice (1926& 1928).
Babe Ruth and Ralph Kiner ranked first and second respectively as the outfielders with the highest average home runs per at-bat.
Babe Ruth led the American League in home runs 12 times.
Babe Ruth holds the record for the longest complete game victory in World Series history. In 1916, as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Ruth went 14 innings to defeat the New York Giants 2-1.
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