by Henry M., Age 12 , Grade 6, St.Francis of Assisi, Louisville, KENTUCKY USA
Teacher: Mrs. Rienhart
Just imagine if you had won the World Series seven times, have had your jersey retired by the New York Yankees, have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and have 714 home runs. Every baseball player ever has wished to be like this but only one player has, George “Babe” Ruth.
It all started when he was born to George and Kate Herman February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. Kate and George worked in a tavern, and had eight kids but because of their work they had little time to watch their children all day. Because of this, six of their children died before adulthood. The only children that survived were George Jr. and his sister, Mamie. George Jr. was “unmanageable” because he spent most of his time with the fishermen and other people at the docks. One time he threw a tomato at a police officer because the fishermen dared him. When George was seven his parents made the decision to send him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. This place was part orphanage and part reform school, and it was only a couple hours away from George’s house. The Xavier Brothers ran the school, they taught discipline, showed the kids how to get jobs, and they encouraged them to play sports. At St. Mary’s George only liked two things: his mentor, Brother Mathias, and baseball. Brother Mathias was George’s father figure, and he was stern, but kind. St. Mary’s had different baseball leagues depending on what age you were, which was new to George because he always played with older kids on the streets. The Brothers showed George the right way to play baseball, and this really helped George out in the long run. One day, George was teasing a pitcher because he was having an awful game, so Mathias put George on the mound. George ended up surprising everybody and he pitched a great game, and that is how he started to pitch daily.
George started at St. Mary’s when he was 19. Jack Dunn, the owner of a minor league team called the Orioles saw George’s potential and signed him to a contract in 1914. Since George was only 19, he needed a guardian to complete the contract. So, Jack Dunn became his guardian. When the Orioles players first saw George play, they called him “Jack’s baby”. This nickname was later shortened to “Babe”. That is how he got his nickname George “Babe” Ruth.
After George proved himself on the Orioles, Jack Dunn and the Orioles sold Babe to the Red Sox. Since Babe was a pitcher, the Red Sox made him go to their minor league team the Providence Grays, because the Red Sox had a loaded bullpen already. He proved that he should play in the Majors again, because he helped the Grays win the pennant. After that the Red Sox decided to put him in the lineup. That year Babe did an amazing job pitching with a 2.01 ERA. Babe showed flashes of his hitting excellence, so during that season the Red Sox moved him to a fielder so he would be able to hit more often. That season Babe hit 29 home runs setting a single season record. Sadly, that was Babe last season with the Red Sox in a controversial trade.
Babe was traded to the New York Yankees. The Yankees realized that Babe was better suited as an outfielder and homerun hitter, so they switched him from pitcher. That season, he had an amazing 54-homerun season. The season, in 1921, he did what everyone thought was impossible. He hit 59 homeruns, had 171 RBIs, and he batted .376. The made the Yankees popular and when they moved to their new stadium in 1923, they nicknamed it “The House that Ruth Built”. In 1927, Babe and his teammates were nicknamed “Murderer’s Row” because of how well they hit. That season, he set another record of 60 homeruns. Babe retired in 1935 and held 56 major league records and had the most homeruns in baseball – 714.
In 1936, he was in the first class elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1948, the Yankees retired his jersey number 3. On August 16, 1948, Babe died from cancer. Over 100,000 people came to the funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Babe Ruth is still the greatest hitter of all time, even though more than 80 years have passed since he played last.
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