George Herman "Babe" Ruth born in 1895 was an American professional baseball player. His career in Baseball spanned 22 seasons from the year 1914 to 1935.
Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in 1914 but was quickly traded to the Red Sox. By 1916, he had established a reputation as an excellent pitcher who occasionally hit long home runs, a feat unheard of in the pre-1920 dead-ball era. Despite the fact that Ruth twice won 23 games in a season as a pitcher and was a member of three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox, he wanted to play every day and was permitted to transition to an outfielder. In 1919, with consistent playing time, he shattered the MLB single-season home run record.
Ruth is recognized as one of America's greatest sports heroes, and many believe him to be the greatest baseball player of all time. Ruth was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “first five” initial members in 1936. Ruth was transferred to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys when he was seven years old, where he was coached by Brother Matthias Boutilier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school's disciplinarian, and a talented baseball player.
He began his Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a brilliant left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox but earned his greatest renown as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. He was nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat." Ruth set several MLB batting (and some pitching) marks, including career home runs - 714, Run Batted Ins (RBIs) - 2,213, bases on balls - 2,062, slugging percentage - .690, and on-base plus slugging (OPS) -1.164; the latter two still hold as of 2019.
Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927 as part of the Yankees' famed "Murderers' Row" lineup, extending his MLB single-season record by a single home run. Ruth played his final season with the Yankees in 1934, and he retired from baseball the following year after a brief spell with the Boston Braves. Ruth led the American League in home runs 12 times throughout his career.
He was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 1946 and died two years later. Ruth is still revered in American society, and President Donald Trump bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on him posthumously in 2018.
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