Babe Ruth, Informative Essay

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Everyone has heard of the infamous “Babe Ruth”, but few people know that his birth given name is George Herman Ruth, Jr. He lived from February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948, and was best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat". Babe was an American baseball player who spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for three teams between the years of 1914–1935. The most important points of Babe’s life are his early childhood, his major league baseball career, and the legacy that Babe left behind.

Ruth came from German-American parents, Kate Schamberger-Ruth and George Herman Ruth, Sr. His parents owned a succession of saloons (bars) and sold lightning rods. Babe Ruth was one of seven children;
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This began the beginning of his Major League Baseball career.

In the year 1914, the Boston Red Sox were booming with great players. Since Babe was fairly new to the sport, he often played with the Red Sox accompanying minor league team, Providence Grays of Providence, Rhode Island. Behind Babe Ruth, he led the team to win the International League Pennant (the playoffs of minor league baseball). Later in 1914, Babe married Helen Woodford, a waitress that he had met in Rhode Island. In 1915, Babe made the Red Sox’s starting lineup. The Red Sox won 101 games that year, including the World Series. During that season, Babe hit his first four home runs. In 1916, Babe set an American record for reaching nine shutouts, the most by any left-hander. The Red Sox won the World Series again (four games to one), this time with a lot of thanks to Babe Ruth, who pitched the entire second game. In 1917, Babe Ruth achieved what he later called his “greatest thrill on the field”. Babe was pitching in a 0-0 game against the Detroit Tigers on July 11. In the eighth inning, Detroit scored a run, but Babe was able to strike out the next batter, Ty Cobb. This led the Red Sox to a victory 1-0. Also in 1917, Ruth was suspended from ten games for punching an umpire on the field after a dispute. This outburst shows Babe’s self-discipline problems and was credited as the main reason that

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