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Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth

Full Name: George Herman Ruth, Jr.
Profession: Baseball Legend

United States of America

Why Famous: Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", Ruth is widely considered the greatest baseball player of all time and one of the most significant American sporting icons. One of the first five people chose to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ruth set numerous records in his lifetime.

Originally a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Ruth achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. In 1927, as part of the Murderer's Row lineup, he scored 60 home runs.

Ruth's larger-than-life persona made him a legendary figure of the 1920s, and his off-field behavior was often controversial. Ruth became ill with cancer in 1946 and died two years later.

Born: February 6, 1895
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: August 16, 1948 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1914-10-14 Baseball legend Babe Ruth (19) weds Helen Woodford
  • 1929-04-17 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)

Events in the Life of Babe Ruth

  • 1914-04-22 Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win
  • 1914-07-10 Boston Red Sox purchase Babe Ruth from Baltimore Orioles
  • 1914-07-11 Babe Ruth debuts as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox, he beats Cleve 4-3
  • 1915-05-06 Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15
  • 1916-10-09 Babe Ruth begins 29 2/3 scoreless World Series innings
  • 1917-04-11 Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox
  • 1918-07-08 Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple
  • 1919-09-08 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

  • 1919-09-20 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 HRs
  • 1919-09-24 Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey
  • 1919-09-27 Babe Ruth's 29th HR is 1st of year in Wash (1st in every park in league in one season)
  • 1919-12-26 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees
  • 1920-05-01 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the NY Yankees in 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox
  • 1920-09-29 Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54
  • 1921-06-08 Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM
  • 1921-06-10 Babe Ruth becomes all time HR champ with #120 (Gavvy Cravath)
  • 1921-07-12 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
  • 1921-08-28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games
  • 1921-10-02 New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR in 7-6 win over former club Boston Red Sox at Polo Grounds
  • 1921-10-09 Babe Ruth's 1st WS homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays
  • 1922-03-06 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year
  • 1922-05-20 Babe Ruth & Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup & go hitless
  • 1922-05-25 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire
  • 1922-06-12 St Louis Brown Hub Pruett strikes out Babe Ruth 3 straight times
  • 1922-08-30 Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time in 1922
  • 1923-10-11 Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a World Series game
  • 1923-10-23 Babe Ruth makes a postseason exhibition appearance in a Giants uniform
  • 1925-04-05 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC due to an ulcer

  • 1925-04-09 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital
  • 1925-04-17 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery
  • 1925-05-26 Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery
  • 1925-08-09 Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out
  • 1925-08-29 After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him
  • 1926-10-06 Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in a World Series game, Yanks beat Cards 10-5
  • 1927-03-04 Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in MLB history when he signs 3-year, $70,000 per season contract with the New York Yankees
  • 1927-04-15 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)
  • 1927-06-11 Babe Ruth hits 19th and 20th of 60 HRs
  • 1927-07-12 Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs
  • 1927-08-16 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)
  • 1927-08-22 Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers
  • 1927-09-11 Babe Ruth hits 50th of 60 homers
  • 1927-09-29 Babe Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games
  • 1927-09-30 Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary)
  • 1928-08-01 Babe Ruth hits home run #42 in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns, takes him 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
  • 1928-10-09 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game
  • 1929-08-07 NY Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's
  • 1929-08-11 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)
  • 1930-03-08 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"
  • 1930-05-21 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers
  • 1930-05-24 Babe Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
  • 1931-08-21 Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns
  • 1932-10-01 Babe Ruth’s legendary call; sledged by Cubs dugout, points to center-field before homering into the Wrigley Field bleachers in 5th inning, Game 3 of the World Series; NY Yankees win, 7-5
  • 1933-07-06 1st MLB All Star Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Babe Ruth hits first All Star home run
  • 1933-10-01 Babe Ruth makes his final pitching appearance in MLB; pitches all 9 innings in a season ending 6-5 win v Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium; hits his 34th home run of the season in 5th inning
  • 1933-12-29 New York Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds
  • 1934-01-15 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, nearing end of illustrious career, signs a 1-year contract worth $35,000; represents a pay cut of $17,000 for "The Babe"
  • 1934-04-05 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract
  • 1934-07-05 Lou Gehrig hits record 17th career grand slam in Yankees 8-3 win v Washington, passes Babe Ruth's total

  • 1934-07-13 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit
  • 1934-07-17 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland
  • 1934-08-10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player
  • 1934-09-24 2,500 fans see Babe Ruth's farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium
  • 1934-09-30 Babe Ruth's final game as a Yankee, goes 0 for 3
  • 1934-10-20 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League
  • 1934-11-02 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig starts 18-game tour against Japanese Big-Six University League
  • 1935-02-26 NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
  • 1935-04-16 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR
  • 1935-05-25 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11–7 to the Pirates
  • 1935-05-30 Babe Ruth's final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies
  • 1935-06-02 Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1936-03-09 Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player
  • 1937-03-25 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads
  • 1938-06-18 Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season
  • 1938-11-02 Boston Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx is voted Most Valuable Player of the American League for the third time
  • 1947-04-27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US
  • 1948-06-13 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th
  • 1948-07-26 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
  • 1949-04-19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
  • 1997-09-10 Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years
  • 2006-05-28 Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list
  • 2019-06-15 Baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes most expensive sports memorabilia when it sells for $5.64 million at an auction in New York

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