On October 6th of 1926, Babe Ruth (also known as the Yankee Slugger) smacked a record three home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in fourth game of the World Series. They didn't call him the Sultan of Swat for nothing. In the fourth game of another Yankees Cardinals World Series, Ruth tied his own record, with three out of the park home runs.
Babe Ruth was born George Herman Ruth on February 6th of 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the first of eight children, although only he and one of his younger sisters survived through infancy. George was a bit of a troublemaker, his worst offenses being truancy and drinking beer from his father's saloon. On account of this, his parents sent him to a reform school called St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. It was a place where corporal punishment was common, and all the boys got a good education. They were also forced to work. George worked at St. Mary's as a shirt maker, and also as a carpenter. His parents rarely visited him. Losing six children must have taken its toll on them.
Ruth credits one of the teachers at St. Mary's, Brother Matthias, with teaching him baseball. Brother Matthias was pretty good at baseball, and encouraged all the boys to play. In 1926, the same year Ruth broke his home run record, he would repay Brother Matthias with a $5,000 Cadillac. That's about $50,000 in today's money. Ruth also contributed generously to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, as well as other charities. For this, he did not attempt to receive publicity.
George's mother died when he was twelve years old. So George lived at the reform school until the age of 19, when he was signed on as a minor league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.
Babe Ruth initially played for the Boston Red Sox, but earned his greatest fame as a hard hitting outfielder for the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees of the 1920s were considered one of the best teams to ever take the field. They were known as Murderer's Row because of their powerful slugging lineup, which also included Lou Gehrig. When Ruth switched from the Red Sox to the Yankees, he hit more home runs than the whole Red Sox team combined.
Going into the 1928 season, Ruth signed an unprecedented contract for $80,000 a year.
Ruth helped the Yankees win seven American League championships and four World Series championships. Ruth's MLB career spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 until 1935, when he briefly played for the Boston Braves. He broke a lot of world slugging records, some of which still stand today.
In 1936, Babe Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as one of its first five members.
Babe Ruth's legendary power and personal appeal made him a popular figure of the “Roaring Twenties.” He was always being hounded and chastised by the press, as much for drinking and womanizing as for his performance on the baseball field.
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