The baseball life of Babe Ruth began on February 6, 1895. On this date Ruth was born.
As most boys started their baseball career throwing rocks at street signs. Ruth was throwing eggs and potatoes at truck drivers.
The first organized baseball team that Ruth was on ,was at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. Ruth was on one of the forty teams that St. Mary's had. His team and all the other teams played from 3 to 4 games a day.
Ruth main position at St. Mary's was outfield. He was one of the fastest boys who ever went to St. Mary's. He never really had to work as hard as the other players, because the game of baseball had come natural to him.
Brother Mattias was the coach for all the teams at St. Mary's. He was the person who taught Ruth how to pitch. The reason that Ruth had to start pitching was , because he got in trouble. One day, while his team was up to bat, he was making fun of the other pitcher. The reason he was making fun of the pitcher was because he hit two home runs off him, the last two times up to bat.
Brother Mattias stopped the game in middle of the inning and told Ruth to get up to the mound and see how good he is. This was the first time Ruth had ever pitched in his lifetime, so he was scared. No one had ever seen Ruth this scared before, but after the first pitch that Ruth threw he knew that he was a natural.
On July 10, 1914, Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox's organization. The Red Sox player did not know too much about Ruth. They thought he was just another guy who thinks too much of himself. But after Ruth contributed 23 victories, and his ERA. was 1.75, the team started to respect him.
For the Red Sox's in 1917, Ruth had another effective record 24-13. On June 23, 1919, he blew up and helped his teammate Ernie Shore land a place in the record books. This is how it happened: Ruth started the game against the Washington Senators by walking the first batter on four straight pitches. Ruth was so mad at the umpire's calls, he ran to home plate and punched the ump on the jaw. After that, Ruth was thrown out of the game, and Shore came in to pitch. The base runner was thrown out tying to steal, and Shore set down the next 26 batters in order. Shore was given credit for the pitching a perfect game, while Ruth was given a 10-day suspension.
A few years into the Red Sox organization, Ruth's personality started to change. The more celebrity status he gained, the more his habits were picked up by the press. He was still growing, and one thing that was not exagerated was his appetite for food. Whatever anybody else ordered for a meal, Ruth had doubles or triples.
In the war-shortened 1918 season, Ruth was 13-7 and hit .300. The Red Sox won another pennant and their third World Championship in four years, beating the Cubs, 4 games to 2, in the Series.
Earlier that season, Boston captain Harry Hooper had noticed that attendance soared whenever Ruth pitched. He figured it was Ruth's batting and not his pitching that was drawing the fans. In one game, Babe got five hits including three doubles and a triple.
So Hooper went to the manager Ed Barrow and said, "We need outfielders, not pitchers. We think the fans come out to see Ruth hit, so why not put him in the outfield every day?" So after that talk, Ruth became an outfielder.
In 1919, Ruth played 111 games in the outfield and batted .322. He pitched in 17 games for a 9-5 record. He led the league with 114 RBIs and 29 home runs. Nobody had ever hit so many home runs, and few believed it could be done again.
On January 6, 1920, Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees. On Opening Day, he dropped a fly ball that cost his new team a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia. The next day, he struck out three times, once with bases loaded. So