The Late Great Babe Ruth
Born in 1895 George Herman Ruth Jr. at his Grandfather’s house Baltimore, Maryland. As a child Babe Ruth spoke German. At the age of seven Babe attended St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys the young George Jr was a bit of a wild one and a bit of a delinquent, rarely attending school, roaming the streets and drinking beer when his father wasn’t looking and because of this his parents had no choice but to send him to a reform school for boys where he might receive the discipline he needed.
It was only discovered recently, that Babe actually suffered from ADHD, which contributed to Babe’s wild, hyperactive nature both in childhood and adulthood. It is also believed that Babe’s ADHD was a factor in his excellent baseball skills.
Being sent away to St. Mary’s by his parents would impact Babe’s future personality. Growing up in this very different setting, George Jr.’s life began to dramatically change. It was at St. Mary’s where Babe was introduced to two of the most important influences in his life his mentor and teacher, Brother Mathias, and of course, baseball.
Brother Mathias was one of the brothers at St. Mary’s who quickly took a liking to Ruth. Brother Mathias was one of the school’s disciplinarians, yet he was the closest thing to a father figure for Ruth while he was living at St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s had multiple Baseball leagues, broken out by age groups, and George Jr. was instantly drawn to the game. Several of the Brothers, taught Babe the finer points of baseball, although Brother Mathias was his first and favourite instructor of the game.
It was Brother Mathias that Babe Ruth admits his good fielding abilities and early baseball skills came from, with the two of them spending countless hours practicing and working on Babe’s baseball techniques.
It was as a pitcher, that George was first discovered by a professional baseball team in 1914. Jack Dunn was owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, and was considered by many to be a good scout for promising potential Major League players. He had heard through the grapevine about an 18-year-old by the name of George Ruth, who was part of a traveling team for St. Mary’s, and was a dominant pitcher in. After George was scouted by the Orioles, it wasn’t long before Ruth was signed to play.
In order for Ruth to play with the team, however, Jack Dunn needed to sign for him and become his legal guardian (at the time it was required for a minor to have a legal guardian until the age of 21). And so, George became a Baltimore Oriole, with Jack Dunn as his trustee.
It was while playing with the Baltimore Orioles that George received the name Babe Ruth. As the story goes the insecure George Jr. would follow Jack Dunn everywhere and was known as ‘Jack’s Babe’, eventually his teammates nicknamed him Babe and it stuck. Dunn who was suffering financial problems had to make the difficult choice of selling his best players to raise more money. Babe was sold to the Boston Red Sox.
It was while playing for the Red Sox that Babe would meet his first wife Helen Woodford at a coffee shop where she was a waitress. During one particular game while pitching for the Red Sox Babe became frustrated with the referee for calling the first four pitches as balls and Ruth tried to punch him. This led to Babe being suspended for 10 days and fined $100.
By 1919 Babe Ruth’s popularity was growing rapidly and was getting a major reputation as a hard hitter and bringing excitement to the game of baseball. When Ruth signed with the Yankees, he completed his transition from a pitcher to a power-hitting outfielder. His fifteen-season Yankee career consisted of over 2,000 games, and Ruth broke many batting records while making only five widely scattered appearances on the mound, winning all of them.
The home runs kept on coming. Ruth tied his own record of 29 on July 15 and broke it with home runs in both games of a doubleheader four days later. And by the end of July, he had 37 and was still going strong. Babe Ruth’s career with the Yankees would last 15 years and would see the Yankees take home seven American League (AL) pennants and four World Series championships. Babe Ruth would die of cancer at the age of 53 on the 16th of August 1963.
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