The infamous nickname “the Babe” was a take off on a reporter’s statement calling Babe Ruth one of “Dunn’s babes” when he was signed as a rookie by Jack Dunn. Other names that stuck with him throughout his career included “The Great Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”
In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 dollars for the return of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.
Babe Ruth put a cabbage leaf under his hat during every game. He would change it for a new one every 2 innings.
Baseball star Babe Ruth was born George Herman Ruth. He played in 2503 games and had a lifetime batting average of .342.
Babe Ruth was a large man during adulthood, Babe Ruth stood 6’2 and weighed over 300 lbs during his professional baseball career.
Babe Ruth married a waitress named Helen Woofwood in October of 1919 and had two daughters, Dorthy and Julia. They divorced in 1929 and Ruth married Claire Hodgson later that same year.
Babe Ruth batted, caught and pitched left-handed.
Ruth was first signed to the Boston Red Sox in 1914. He remained with the Red Sox until 1920, when he was traded to the New York Yankees. Ruth played first base and was an outfielder. He was added to the pitching rotation as well. His last year of baseball was spent playing for the Boston Braves. He retired in 1935.
Babe Ruth died in New York in August of 1948. He was only 53 years old.