He began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1914. While an excellent pitcher (in fact he led the American League in ERA in 1916), it soon became clear that he was better still as a hitter, and was gradually shifted to a position player, playing right field, though throughout his career he would continue to pitch on occasion. The Red Sox sold him to the New York Yankees in 1920, causing 86 years of well-deserved woe for the former team. The Yankees started him in right field from 1920 to 1934. He finished his career playing part of the 1935 season for the Boston Braves.
Ruth retired with over 50 offensive records, including number one all-time on the Home Runs list, which he held for fifty-three years. In 1921 he had passed Roger Connor, his predecessor at that record, with his 139th round-tripper. His career total of 714 shows how thoroughly he shattered that record. He was a two-time All-Star and was American League MVP in 1923; remember that during Ruth's career players were only eligible for a single MVP award in their careers, and the All-Star Game was first played in his penultimate season with the Yankees. He won three World Series titles with the Red Sox and four with the Yankees. He retired with a .342 batting average, the aforementioned 714 home runs, 2213 RBI (2201 of then in the American League, which remains the AL record), a remarkable slugging percentage of .690, and a 94-46 pitching record (good for a .671 winning percentage) and an ERA of 2.77. In 1936, one year after his retirement, he was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Babe Ruth in "Before the Beginning"Edit
After the invention of the the time-viewer, recordings of Babe Ruth calling his shot in a 1932 game were quite popular.
Babe Ruth was a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the early part of the 20th Century. In a baseball game against the St. Louis Browns, he hit a triple off of rival pitcher Rip in Rip's first professional game.
When talking to Sam Yeager, President Earl Warren compared him to Babe Ruth. Yeager was at first confused by the comparison, since his carrer in baseball was spent entirely in an undistinguished minor league team. However, Yeager then realized that the President meant his later career as a human expert on the Race, in which field Yeager was indeed a "Babe Ruth", i.e. an uncomparable champion.
Babe Ruth in "The House That George Built" Edit
George Ruth was a a former professional baseball player. His career spanned from 1914 to the mid 1930s. During that time, Ruth was a successful minor leaguer, although his reputation didn't stretch much beyond his native Baltimore. After he retired, he opened a bar called George's Restaurant.
In 1914, while Ruth had been with the Baltimore Orioles a short while, Baltimore politician Carroll Wilson Rasin attempted to bring a new Federal League team to the city. This panicked Orioles owner Jack Dunn, who began to explore selling various players, including Ruth. Despite some initial interest from the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox, both deals fell apart when Rasin could not raise sufficient funds to bring a new team to Baltimore. Dunn, no longer fearing competition, kept his players.
Dunn had an additional hold on Ruth: he was also Ruth's legal guardian, which insured that Ruth could not strike out for the Federal League on his own. While Ruth had some success with the team (the I Told You So Homer was a local Baltimore legend), it never rose to the level of glory he thought his talents would permit. When he did reach the majors in the late 1920s, he was nursing a bad pitching arm. His experience with the Philadelphia Phillies was not a great one. For a season and a half, Ruth was forced to pitch in the Baker Bowl, which, by its design, permitted home runs with relative ease. Even Ruth hit six homeruns himself, which was a record for a pitcher at that time. But the design flaw of the Baker Bowl diminished the value of the record.
After the Phillies, he found himself with the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, the Red Sox of the 1920s was a mere shadow of the team that had wanted Ruth in 1914. He was played very little for a season and then sent down to the Syracuse Stars. He did return to the major leagues for a month in 1932, when he played for the St. Louis Browns. This experience was so negative, he didn't discuss it much.
In February, 1941, Ruth shared the story of his career with one of his patrons, journalist H.L. Mencken. He was particularly keen to share with Mencken his belief that he could have been a great player, another Buzz Arlett, but for the events of his youth that were almost completely out of his control. However, it was Mencken's belief that truly superior talents overcame all adversity and made themselves known. He didn't share this view with Ruth.
Ruth was an outsized personality, to say the least. He was physically a big man (6' 3" height and at least two-hundred and fifty pounds). He used obscenity and profanity with abandon during his conversations. He could drink--Mencken watched in awe as Ruth made himself an oversized Tom Collins and swallow it in nearly one gulp.
- George Herman, an apparently fictional analog who is discussed posthumously in The Disunited States of America.