Babe Ruth’s Final at Bat
On May 31, 1935, Babe Ruth would make his final appearance at the plate after 714 career home runs, a slugging percentage of .690, a career batting average of .342, and 2,217 RBIs. Ruth would quietly ground out, and the career of one of the greatest athletes in history would be over. In an ESPN poll conducted in 1999, Babe Ruth was ranked the third-greatest U.S. athlete of the 20th century, behind Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.
Interesting facts about Babe Ruth:
The neighborhood where Babe Ruth was born is now the location of Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles.
Babe Ruth began his career as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. After 5 months he was sold to the Boston Red Sox.
George Herman Ruth got the nickname ‘Babe’ when the Baltimore Orioles owner adopted him at age 19 in order to sign him to his first professional contract. Ruth was in the custody of St. Mary’s school and was supposed to remain there until he was 21. He would become known as ‘Dunn’s Baby’, later shortened to ‘Babe’.
When the Boston Red Sox signed Babe Ruth to his original contract it was for $3,500 a year, three times what he had been paid as a member of the minor league Baltimore Orioles.
During the early years of his career, Babe Ruth was primarily known as a great pitcher. During his first World Series, he pitched 29 2/3 scoreless innings. A record that would stand for 43 years.
As a member of the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth helped the team win four World Series.
After the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 and a $300,000 loan in 1919, the Red Sox didn’t win another World Series until 2004 when the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ was finally lifted.
As a Yankee, Babe Ruth helped the team win four World Series titles.
Babe Ruth was a tremendous draw at the box office, and the Yankees became the first team in baseball to draw a million paying fans to its stadium (the Polo Grounds). When the new Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923, it would be known as “The House that Ruth Built.”
At the time of his retirement, Babe Ruth not only held the record for most home runs in a career, he also held the record for the most strikeouts.
Babe Ruth - 1921