Babe RuthDate Born: February 6, 1895Place: Baltimore, MarylandDate Died: August 16, 1948Place: New York, New YorkEarly Family Background: George Herman Ruth Jr., aka Babe Ruth had eight other brothers and sisters, but only him and his sister Mamie survived. His parents names were Kate and George Herman Ruth. Ruth’s father was a bartender and his mother helped at their tavern.
Ruth’s parents made no time for him so they sent him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys.Adult Life:Helen Woodford: married on October 17, 1914 in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 1921, they adopted a little girl named Dorothy.
Jan 11, 1929, Helen died in a fire of suffocation. About 3 months later, on April 17, 1929, Babe married Claire Hodgson in New York. In 1930, Babe adopted Claire’s daughter Julia & Claire adopted Babe’s daughter Dorothy.Significant Accomplishments:Babe’s record of 714 homers was only beaten by Hank Aaron in 1974. In 1932, Ruth did his famous “called shot,” where he pointed to the centerfield bleachers and hit his homerun in that same direction.
When the Babe was with the Yankees they won a total of 7 pennants and 4 world championships from 1920 – 1933. Feb 2, 1936 Babe became Charter member of Baseball Hall of Fame.Other Points of Interest:*Babe Ruth got his name from when his new legal guardian Jack Dunn brought him to see the players, they said “Here’s Jack’s newest Babe!” The name stuck so throughout his life he was called Babe Ruth.
*Babe retired from baseball on June 2, 1935 from the Boston Braves*In 1946, Babe was diagnosed with throat cancer and he died on August 16, 1948.*April 27th was named “Babe Ruth Day” in every Baseball Park in the U.S. and Japan.
*June 13, 1948: during the 25th Anniversary of “The House that Ruth Built” he retired his uniform #3: that was the last time he wore his uniform.*Babe Ruth’s 3 Nicknames:1)The Great Bambino: for being overweight. 2)The Babe: Jack Dunn3) The Sultan of Swat: for hitting all those homeruns