Career Highlights Began his career as a left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox in 1914, compiling a 78-40 record Converted to a hitter in 1919 because of his great hitting ability During the 1919 season, he set a new home run record (29) and led the league in runs, RBI's, and slugging percentage. That winter Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees He led the league in home runs in 8 of the next 10 years He bested his own home run record by hitting 60 in 1927. Quote about The Babe "... I've seen them; kids, men, women, worshippers all, hoping to get his name on a torn, dirty piece of paper, or hoping for a grunt of recognition when they said, 'Hi-ya, Babe.' He never let them down; not once.
Even with this failure, Babe led the Yankee's to seven World Series, winning five of them. In Babe's unbelievable career, he had a lifetime average of .342, hit 714 career home runs, had 2,209 career RBI's, and 2,873 total hits, all in only 2,503 total games. As amazing as these stats are, they are not the reason people should be grateful that Babe played the game. The reason most people should know Babe Ruth is for the most important reason, that being the way he saved baseball from extinction. Forget how Babe was the best power-hitter in baseball and considered by many the best player in baseball history, and just think about how he kept the American pastime alive.
These seven players are listed because of their amazing achievements during this decade and even what some did after. “Smokey Joe” Wood was selected because of what he did in the 1912 season. It was easily his best of his career, and it’s also arguably one of the greatest seasons by any pitcher ever. He won an astonishing thirty-four games while only losing five. He had a 1.91 ERA (Earned Run Average) while striking out 258 batters.
Again, Major League Baseball came calling and this time Clemens would answer. In 1983 Roger Clemens was drafted in the first round, 19th overall, by the Boston Red Sox. In 1986 he won 24 games, received the American League MVP award, and his Red Sox played in and lost the World Series. Within that same year Clemens struck out 20 batters in one game. He was the first of only three pitchers to accomplish this feat and he repeated it again in 1996 just before leaving the Red Sox.
Statistically, he has the all-time 762 MLB home run record, including 73 single-season record set in 2001. Bonds also holds the 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks. Barry Bonds: Career Batting and Field Statistics: ESPN tallied record covering each active year Barry Bonds played for the MLB. Barry Bonds: Biography and Career Statistics: The Major League Baseball authoritative resource guide to the career statistics and biography of world-famous baseball player Barry Bonds. Should Teams Walk Barry?
Babe Ruth set many hitting records in his 22 years of baseball. “The Babe” was given many new nicknames over the years. Some for example were: “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Callasses of Clout,” “The Great Bambino,” and “The Babe.” In 22seasons, he led the league 12 times with home run records. In 1921, Ruth had a record setting 60 homers, which no one broke until Hank Aaron in 1974. In 1935, George Herman Ruth hung up his uniform for the last time with leaving professional baseball.
That is a huge amount of games for one season. Joe played for the Seals from 1932-35, but made a large impact on major league baseball scouts. In nineteen thirty-five, Joe DiMaggio was invited to go to spring training with the New York Yankees. He met the baseball player Lou Gehrig, and other great ball players. Jerry Coleman, the Yankee’s second baseman, said about Joe, “Nothing made Joe happier then to do well in a big series and help the club win.
Grand slam record falls again Click here for more on this story Posted: Sunday May 21, 2000 07:35 PM Jason Giambi crushed a 3-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his 17th homer of the season and fifth career grand slam. AP NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball had its grandest day ever. Less than one year after the first five grand-slam day in major league history, there were six hit Sunday. Anaheim's Garrett Anderson hit the record-breaker with two outs in the third inning off Kansas City's Chris Fussell. J.T.
His 25th home run that year shattered the modern major league record held by the now forgotten Gabby Kraveth. By the end of the year, Ruth’s record was an unprecedented 29 home runs, and he was credited with reviving faith in the game. In December of 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold the invaluable player to New York Yankee owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert. Ruppert bought Ruth’s contract for over $100,000, which was a staggering price at the time. In 1920, Ruth joined the Yankees, who as yet had never won a pennant.
Babe Ruth forever changed the game; his hitting ability inspired not just baseball players but also the nation. Beyond the numbers, we can gauge Ruth’s greatness through looking at the longevity of his fame. Even today Babe Ruth is a household name and more recognizable then any other historic baseball player. As Ruth acquired his slugging average of .847, he was able to personify the American dream. The Iron Horse’s consecutive game streak of 2,130 games easily makes him a legend and his hitting records and Triples crown puts that legend at number two on our list.