The Bambino. The Sultan of Swat. Or simply George. Call him what you will, but there is no more iconic figure in the history of baseball than Babe Ruth. Ruth came into the majors as a pitcher in 1914 with the Boston Red Sox. In 1919, the Sox made the most regrettable trade in their history, sending Ruth to the Yankees. It was with the Yankees that Ruth made the switch to the outfield so he could get more at bats. 1927 was an amazing year for the Babe, setting the HR mark with 60 long balls, breaking his own record of 59, set in 1921. He retired in 1935 with 714 HRs, which at the time were easily the most HRs hit by any player in history. Playing in ten World Series and winning seven of them, Ruth was the premier player of the 1920s and 30s, leading the league in Home Runs twelve times, RBIs six times and runs scored eight times. His induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the First Class in 1936 was merely a formality. Today, Ruth is also honored at his own museum, located in his original hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Ruth and his longtime teammate Lou Gehrig are buried in separate but adjoining cemeteries in Westchester Co., NY. Their gravestones are symbolic of the men themselves, with Gehrig’s being a small, modest stone. Ruth’s, on the other hand, stands over ten feet tall and is nearly as wide, featuring an elaborate carving of Christ and a small boy in baseball uniform.
August 21, 2010