59 Facts About Babe Ruth

1. Babe Ruth is a bombastic, sloppy hero from our bombastic, sloppy history, origins undetermined, a folk tale of American success.

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2. Babe Ruth was named baseball's Greatest Player Ever in a ballot commemorating the 100th anniversary of professional baseball in 1969.

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3. Babe Ruth dominated a relatively small sports world, while Americans of the present era have many sports available to watch.

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4. Babe Ruth will be the patron saint of American possibility.

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5. Babe Ruth replied that he hoped that "every Jap that mention[ed] my name gets shot".

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6. Babe Ruth was the first baseball star to be the subject of overwhelming public adulation.

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7. Babe Ruth was buried on a hillside in Section 25 at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.

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8. On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth left the hospital to attend the premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story.

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9. Babe Ruth made one final trip on behalf of American Legion Baseball, then entered Memorial Hospital, where he would die.

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10. On June 5, 1948, a "gaunt and hollowed out" Babe Ruth visited Yale University to donate a manuscript of The Babe Ruth Story to its library.

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11. Babe Ruth traveled to California to witness the filming of the movie based on the book.

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12. In 1946, Babe Ruth began experiencing severe pain over his left eye and had difficulty swallowing.

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13. Babe Ruth met Helen Woodford, by some accounts, in a coffee shop in Boston where she was a waitress, and they were married as teenagers on October 17, 1914.

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14. Babe Ruth hit a long fly ball off Walter Johnson; the blast left the field, curving foul, but Ruth circled the bases anyway.

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15. The next week, Babe Ruth went to Cooperstown, New York, for the formal opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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16. Babe Ruth got along well with everyone except team captain Leo Durocher, who was hired as Grimes' replacement at season's end.

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17. Babe Ruth played in the third game of the Pittsburgh series on May 25, 1935, and added one more tale to his playing legend.

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18. In Chicago and St Louis, Babe Ruth performed poorly, and his batting average sank to.

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19. Babe Ruth made so many errors that three Braves pitchers told McKechnie that they would not take the mound if he was in the lineup.

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20. Babe Ruth hit two in an exhibition game against the Bears.

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21. Babe Ruth was made assistant manager to Braves skipper Bill McKechnie.

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22. Early in the 1934 season, Babe Ruth openly campaigned to become the Yankees manager.

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23. Babe Ruth was selected to the AL All-Star team for the second consecutive year, even though he was in the twilight of his career.

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24. Babe Ruth accepted a pay cut to $35,000 from Ruppert, but he was still the highest-paid player in the major leagues.

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25. In 1934, Babe Ruth played in his last full season with the Yankees.

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26. Babe Ruth had politicked for the job of player-manager, but Ruppert and Barrow never seriously considered him for the position.

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27. Babe Ruth promised the child that he would hit a home run on his behalf.

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28. Babe Ruth was taken to a hospital where he suffered multiple convulsions.

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29. In New York, Babe Ruth collapsed again and was found unconscious in his hotel bathroom.

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30. Babe Ruth was put on a train for New York, where he was briefly hospitalized.

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31. Babe Ruth collapsed in Asheville, North Carolina, as the team journeyed north.

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32. Babe Ruth became ill while there, and suffered relapses during spring training.

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33. On March 6, 1922, Babe Ruth signed a new contract for three years at $52,000 a year.

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34. Babe Ruth finished the regular season with 59 home runs, batting.

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35. Babe Ruth had done little, having injured himself swinging the bat.

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36. In March 1919 Babe Ruth was reported as having accepted a three-year contract for a total of $27,000, after protracted negotiations.

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37. Babe Ruth offered the Senators $60,000 for Walter Johnson, but Washington owner Clark Griffith was unwilling.

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38. Babe Ruth reached this on September 8, by which time, writers had discovered that Ned Williamson of the 1884 Chicago White Stockings had hit 27—though in a ballpark where the distance to right field was only 215 feet.

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39. Babe Ruth matched that on July 29, then pulled ahead toward the major league record of 24, set by Buck Freeman in 1899.

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40. In 1917, Babe Ruth was little-used as a batter, other than for his plate appearances while pitching, and hit.

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41. In March 1915, Babe Ruth reported to Hot Springs, Arkansas for his first major league spring training.

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42. Babe Ruth was not much noticed by the fans, as Bostonians watched the Red Sox's crosstown rivals, the Braves, begin a legendary comeback that would take them from last place on the Fourth of July to the 1914 World Series championship.

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43. Babe Ruth lost his second start, and was thereafter little used.

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44. On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth arrived in Boston with Egan and Shore.

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45. Babe Ruth offered Ruth to the reigning World Series champions, Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics, but Mack had his own financial problems.

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46. Babe Ruth made his first appearance against a team in organized baseball in an exhibition game versus the major-league Philadelphia Phillies.

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47. Babe Ruth made his first appearance as a professional ballplayer in an inter-squad game on March 7, 1914.

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48. In early 1914, Babe Ruth signed a professional baseball contract with Jack Dunn, who owned and managed the minor-league Baltimore Orioles, an International League team.

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49. Babe Ruth was generous to St Mary's as he became famous and rich, donating money and his presence at fundraisers, and spending $5,000 to buy Brother Matthias a Cadillac in 1926—subsequently replacing it when it was destroyed in an accident.

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50. Babe Ruth would visit orphanages, schools, and hospitals throughout his life, often avoiding publicity.

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51. Babe Ruth was a lifelong Catholic who would sometimes attend Mass after carousing all night, and he became a well-known member of the Knights of Columbus.

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52. Babe Ruth was encouraged in his pursuits by the school's Prefect of Discipline, Brother Matthias Boutlier, a native of Nova Scotia.

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53. Babe Ruth was rarely visited by his family; his mother died when he was 12 and by some accounts, he was permitted to leave St Mary's only to attend the funeral.

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54. Babe Ruth was recorded as "incorrigible" and spent much of the next twelve years there.

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55. Babe Ruth became a shirtmaker and was proficient as a carpenter.

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56. Babe Ruth remains a part of American culture and in 2018, President Donald Trump posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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57. In 1914, Babe Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles but was sold to the Red Sox.

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58. At age seven, Babe Ruth was sent to St Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he learned life lessons and baseball skills from Brother Matthias Boutlier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school's disciplinarian and a capable baseball player.

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59. In 1936, Babe Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

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