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Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth) has always been known as one of the greatest baseball players this world has ever seen. When he started his career as a Major League Baseball player everyone could tell that he was going to be an original. What he is most remembered for is his incredible ability to smash a ball out of the park or hit the wall every time he came up to bat. Ruth is considered to be one of the greatest baseball legends ever to step to the plate, breaking and keeping many records and establishing him as one of the many top baseball legends to live.
On February 6, 1895, George Herman Ruth, son of Kate and George Ruth, was the first of eight children to be born. Young Ruth was never paid much attention or given much love by his parents because his father and mother built and ran a tavern and worked very long hours. Since they started to notice Ruth's grief of loneliness, his parents decided to send him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. Since Babes parents did not care much for him they also decided to hand over full custody of Ruth to the Brother Xavier's that ran the church. So overtime Ruth got used to never seeing his parents, even on holidays or the one Sunday that they were allowed to visit per month. Ruth was usually always getting in trouble with the nearly all-800 children that lived at the school that was safeguarded like a prison. After these events the Xavier's usually sent Ruth home to his parents for his misbehavior, but he was almost immediately sent back. So to fill young Ruth's time the Brother Xavier's decided to get him on the St. Mary's baseball team and start as a catcher. Overtime Ruth played other positions, such as pitching and infield, and started to really see the young boy's talent. The most outspoken thing about Ruth was his batting ability and the way he could hit the ball like no other on his team.
After a couple of years building his talent a recruiter by the name of Jack Dunn was sent out to look for recruits and he found Ruth and had him almost immediately brought to the team, after he saw his skills. After Ruth had tryouts and was recruited to the Brooklyn Orioles he was teased about being "Jacks Newest Babe", and hence the name "
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Perhaps one of Babes most famous moments while playing with the Yankees what is today called Babe's "Called Shot". This was a spectacular event because Babe went up to the plate tapped his shoes with his bat and raised his bat to the center field as if calling a home run. The first pitch thrown to him, he hit the ball as far as he could and is known to be the longest homerun ever to be hit out of the Fenway Park. Babe Ruth's last year playing for the Yankees was in 1934, where he announced his playing days were about to end. When all of the fans that came to see him during his career and all of the money Ruth brought to baseball the New York Yankees were able to build a brand new stadium for themselves which is today named Fenway Park, but is also known as "The House That Ruth Built". After Ruth had finished with the Yankees he was taken to the Cleveland Braves, where he figured out what he wanted to do after he finished his baseball career. Ruth finally decided after he finished he wanted to get into the coaching business and head coach and Major League Baseball team for the remainder of his years. By the end of Babe's career he had earned many nicknames but his most common were the "Sultan of Swat" and "The Great Bambino". In 1935, Babe was taken by the Boston Braves, and hit a homerun that would mark his final homerun of his career, which was number 714. He retired a few days later still wanting to coach the Yankees or another Major League Baseball Team, but instead he was offered to coach Minor League Teams such as the Newark Bears, but Ruth declined all offers. Later he was offered to be a first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers and accepted. After his retirement Babe went to orphanages and school for underprivileged children and spoke of his achievements and his downfalls outside of his career and how to correct them if they ever did do it. In 1946, Babe became a charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1946 Babe's luck was changed at a young age as he was diagnosed with throat cancer causing him to have speech problems and lost over 80 pounds. Doctors tried to perform surgery and receive radiation treatments, but the doctors were not able to remove the cancer and so with nothing to do the doctors released Ruth on February 15. A month later, on April 26th, "Babe Ruth Day" was declared to all Baseball players around the world. Babe Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee on June 13, 1948, and it was during the 25th anniversary of "The House that Ruth Built", because Babe Ruth brought so many new fans and new players and inspired the game so much that the Yankees were able to build a whole new stadium for the team. Unfortunately, at 8:01 pm on August 16, 1948, Babe Ruth fell to his throat cancer and died. After Ruth had died the Yankees placed Babe Ruth's body outside of the stadium he built in honor of all that Babe had done for there team. Hundreds of thousands of Babe Ruth's fans came to Fenway Park to pay their respects to one of the greatest baseball players ever to live. Ruth's body was buried at the Fate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. A few years later his wife was put to rest besides him and they still lie there today. Throughout Babe's entire career, he hit a total of 714 homers, which is the 2nd highest on the charts but was later beat in the nineteen seventies. He is most notably remembered for his "Called Shot" to center field and for his 60 homeruns that were hit in one season, which is also an all-time high. Babe Ruth is still in the Hall of Fame as a high-ranking baseball legend. He is best known for his tremendous hitting capabilities and bringing the sport to a higher level of play.
Babe Ruth is a legend and will always be considered one. He brought the game to a point of higher standards for future goals and achievements in the great sport of baseball. He helped build teams up and is a great role model in the sport of baseball by his determination to get to the top and establish himself as one of the greatest legends that ever lived and his legendary story will go on for years to come.