Biography Of George Herman Aka Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was actually born George Herman Ruth Jr. into a large family. Read on to find out more.

Babe Ruth was actually born George Herman Ruth Jr. into a large family. Unfortunately, only he and a younger sister survived out of a total of eight children. His father operated a bar, with the help of his wife, and it was literally a full time occupation for the both of them. Thus, they had little time to nurture and care for a young Babe Ruth. So, by the beginning of the 1900's the youngster was learning how to survive alone on the tough streets of Baltimore. He readily admitted to such misdemeanours as stealing, chewing tobacco and drinking his father's whiskey from the tender age of five, and had equipped himself with a fine repertoire of dubious language, which he had learnt from the occupants of his father's bar.

In 1902, when Babe Ruth was aged seven, his parents finally lost patience with him. His wild ways, coupled with a fearsome truancy record from school led his parents to hand him over to St. Mary's Industrial School For Boys. They signed him over to the missionaries who ran the school, which was for children deemed incurably bad, and Ruth's behaviour was so poor that he was sent back to live with his parents several times, only to be returned to the school.

Baseball was the popular sport at St. Mary's, second only to religion in fact. Babe Ruth showed his potential from an early age. He was a true all rounder, being able to pitch, hit and field absolutely anywhere. At the age of nineteen Jack Dunn signed him to the Baltimore Orioles. Dunn also had to become his guardian, to enable Ruth to leave the school two years early. It was whilst at his first professional club that he acquired his nickname "˜Babe', due to his youthfulness compared with the other members of the squad.

In that same year, 1914, Babe Ruth was signed to the Boston Red Sox. It was there in a café that he met his first wife, Helen, who he married in that year. On the field, he started out as a pitcher. Soon however, his tremendous ability as a hitter became apparent, so he was moved to the outfield, in order to capitalise on this fact.

In 1919, he moved on to play for the New York Yankees, by far his biggest club. He rescued them from the doldrums somewhat, and helped them become a true world force. In his first two seasons there he hit over a hundred home runs, and in doing so earned the nickname "˜The Sultan Of Swat'. In his thirteen years at the club he helped them to win seven pennants and four world championships.

Babe and Helen adopted a young girl, Dorothy in 1921. Although he could do no wrong as far as home runs went, off the field he was consuming plenty of alcohol, smoking a lot, and allegations of a failing marriage and a lot of womanising were rife. He didn't let his problems show though, and from the years 1926 to 1931 he averaged fifty home runs per year, a truly remarkable achievement in the world of baseball.

Unfortunately, his first wife Helen died in a house fire in 1929. Babe Ruth soon found happiness again though and remarried in the same year to widower Claire Hodgson. They formally adopted each other's child and were very happy.

1934 was Ruth's last year as a New York Yankee. He retired the next year playing for the Boston Braves, and was indicted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1936.

Babe Ruth was truly a sporting all rounder, and took the game of baseball to another level. Had he not played baseball, it is widely acknowledged that he would be extremely successful in another area of sport. He was particularly keen on playing golf, which he pursued as a hobby in his retirement. He also seemed to have a special understanding with children, especially those from a poor background like he himself had been.

Inevitably, Babe Ruth's wild off field lifestyle eventually got the better of him and he died of throat cancer in 1948, after a long battle.

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