On July 11, 1914, a legend was born in the world of baseball and his name is one that almost anyone can identify with: Babe Ruth. Born George Herman Ruth, he made his debut on this day and had a seven-inning pitching battle vs. the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox would later go on to win the game 4-3.
Babe Ruth was born on February 6, 1985 and only had eight siblings, although just one of his sisters would be the only other one to survive infancy. His father was a saloon keeper in Baltimore, Maryland and worked long days, which led to Babe Ruth getting into trouble. At just 7 years old, his absenteeism from school led to his parents declaring him as incorrigible. As a result, Babe Ruth would be sent to an orphanage, where he would stay until he turned 19 years old.
After turning 19, Babe Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles. That’s right, he went directly from an orphanage to the Baltimore Orioles. However, he would later be signed by the Boston Red Sox later that summer.
And one thing most people don’t know about Babe Ruth is that he was actually a very good pitcher. In his debut, he gave up five hits over his first six innings, before giving up two runs in the seventh inning. He also didn’t record a hit in his two at-bats that night.
As Ruth matured, he began to make a name for himself in the league. Now a profound pitcher and batter, Ruth was seeing himself excel on the biggest stages. The Red Sox ended up making it to the World Series in 1916 and 1918. Both years, Babe Ruth came to play and bare the name on the back of his jersey. The great one ended up setting a record for pitching the most consecutive innings in World Series action without giving up a run. He went 29 2/3 innings without giving up a run.
Overall, his career pitching record with the Boston Red Sox was 89-46, a very solid number in the MLB and especially for a guy who was known for his hitting.
However, it would be the musical “No, No Nanette” that would end up driving Babe Ruth out of Boston. Before the 1920 season, Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees because he wanted to finance said musical. What would happen next is nothing short of amazing.
After switching teams, Babe also switched to the outfield and focused on his hitting. This is when the Babe Ruth we hear about came into existence. Over the next 12 seasons, Babe Ruth would become a home run hero with the Yankees. In 10 of those 12 seasons, he hit more home runs than the entire Red Sox team.
Babe Ruth would go on to win four World Series with the New York Yankees and would become the greatest attraction the MLB has ever seen. Not to mention one of the greatest hitters.