The Life Of Babe Ruth


Babe Ruth, born George Ruth, Jr., is considered by many to be the
greatest baseball player of all time. Everybody knows how great a hitter Babe
was and how he virtually invented the home run. Not everybody knows how great
of a pitcher Babe was, even though he was one of the best left-handed pitchers
of all time. Babe had a 92 and 44 record, 67.6%, and a 2.24 career earned- run
average in 163 games pitched. Not many career .342 hitters that averaged a home
run every 11.8 at bats can say that.
George Ruth, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 6, 1895,
son of George Herman Ruth, Sr. and Kate Ruth. George took the name of Herman at
his confirmation since it was his father's middle name and the name of his
friend at St.Mary's Industrial School, Brother Herman. Ruth says he had a “
rotten start” in life; he spent his childhood days on the streets and piers of
Baltimore. He led a rather lawless life, his parents were medium-poor and he
was mainly on his own.
All this changed when Ruth entered St.Mary's Industrial School at the
age of eight. Ruth, even though he didn't realize it, had come in to a good
thing. Brother Matthais took young Ruth under his wing and taught him to read,
write, play baseball, do needle work, and right from wrong. Ruth showed a
startling natural talent with a baseball bat, so Brother Matthais tried to round
young George into a complete baseball player by teaching him to pitch and field.
Ruth says that, ”Brother Matthais was the greatest man I ever knew.” Ruth was
taught to make shirts and became quite good at it, he boasted that he could sew
a shirt in less than 15 minutes.
Ruth never had to use this skill because he was discharged from
St.Mary's School on February 27, 1914 to join the Baltimore Orioles baseball
team of the American League. Ruth was paid a salary of $600 to play in the
International League, one step below the major league, on an Orioles affiliate
team. The team went to Fayettville for spring training and Ruth showed raw
talent and didn't need much formal training but needed lots of controlled
practice. Coach Sam Steinman warned the veterans to go easy with the rookie
Ruth, he said, ”He's one of Jack Dunn's babes.” Journalist Roger Pippen asked
Steinman to explain, Steinman said out of all the players in camp Ruth was the
biggest and most promising babe of the lot. The players heard this and the name
stuck. Babe Ruth. At first George thought the name, Babe, was a joke, but
after a while it became like a proper name, and everybody called him Babe.
After an impressive showing in the International League, Babe and the
rest of the Oriole team were put up for sale. The Boston Red Sox bought Babe
and he saw his first major league action on July 11,1914, as he took the mound
against the Cleveland Naps. Babe ended up winning the game 4-3 after pitching
seven innings and letting up only three runs on five hits. The Red Sox sent
Ruth to the International League to play on the Providence team, to get some
more experience. At Providence, Ruth had a record of 11 wins and 2 loses. On
September 5, Ruth won a game 9-0, only letting up one hit, but more
significantly he hit his first and only minor league home run.
The Red Sox brought Ruth back up after the Providence team won the
pennant and Ruth pitched in one game without decision. While in Boston, Ruth
almost always went to Landers coffee shop and his usual waitress was a girl
named Helen Woodford. During breakfast one morning Ruth looked up at Helen and
said, “How about you and me getting married, hon?” After thinking it over for
a couple of minutes, Helen accepted his proposal. After the baseball season,
Babe and Helen got married in St. Paul's Church, Ellicott City, Maryland, on
October 17,1914. Helen Woodford Ruth stayed out of the public eye and was known
as the only person in Boston to still call Babe by his proper name, George.
The Red Sox roster of 1915 included Babe Ruth's name. Never again did
it appear on a minor league roster. Babe Ruth has made his way to the major
leagues quickly and would stay there for a long time. Babe had one of his best
overall seasons as a pitcher going 18-6, winning