Babe Ruth, born as George Herman Ruth Jr. on February 6, 1895, and passing away on August 16, 1948, was an iconic American baseball player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily as an outfielder and pitcher.
Ruth began his career with the Boston Red Sox in 1914 as a pitcher, but it was his extraordinary hitting abilities that propelled him to join the New York Yankees in 1919, where he would spend the majority of his career and achieve legendary status. Ruth’s powerful swing and home run-hitting ability revolutionized the game and captivated fans across the nation.
During his tenure with the Yankees, Ruth set numerous records and achieved remarkable feats. He became the first player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a single season in 1927, a record that stood for 34 years. Ruth’s personality, combined with his remarkable skills on the field, made him a national icon and helped popularize baseball in America.
Ruth won seven World Series championships, including four with the Yankees, and was a 12-time All-Star. His career statistics are remarkable, finishing with a lifetime batting average of .342, 714 home runs, and 2,213 runs batted in. Ruth’s achievements earned him induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, as one of the first five inductees.