Lovingly nicknamed Bambino and the Babe, George Herman Ruth was one of the greatest hitters in the whole history of baseball.
- Babe Ruth could speak German when he was a kid.
- When Ruth was 7 he was such a troublemaker that his parents sent him to a Catholic orphanage and school for boys to get more discipline.
- At the age of 15, a monk called Brother Matthias, who had become a father figure for the future athlete, introduced him to baseball. Already then Ruth showed exceptional baseball skill.
- Jack Dunn, who was the manager and owner of the Baltimore Orioles, a then minor-league team, once saw George Herman Ruth do a half-hour workout. Immediately after that Dunn decided to sign Babe Ruth for a contract of $250 a month. But Ruth was only 19 years old at the moment, and the then laws required him to have a legal guardian who would sign the contract. There was none, so Dunn became Ruth’s legal guardian and signed the contract by himself. This is where Babe Ruth’s world-famous nickname stems from - he was Dunn’s ‘new babe’.
- In 1927, Ruth sent his fans into raptures when he hit a whopping 60 home runs! This number of home runs hit within a single season became a new impressive record that remained unbroken for 34 years!
- In the 1920s, George Herman Ruth was the absolute most popular athlete of the United States. His distinctive home run hitting style started a whole new “Live-ball” era in baseball history. Babe Ruth’s lifestyle amazed Americans just as much as his baseball skills.
- Despite the fact that the manufacturer initially denied the connection, probably in an attempt to use the name in a royalty-free manner, George Herman Ruth’s nickname is traditionally believed to have been the inspiration for the “Baby Ruth” candy bars.
- In 2018, George Herman Ruth was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump.
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