Babe Ruth History
Looking for Babe Ruth history? Babe Ruth was born on February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1914, at the age of 19, Babe Ruth was signed by the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth only played in five games in his rookie season, and he did not make a name for himself until 1919, when he was 24 years old. In 1919, his last season with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth had a batting line that included a .322 average, 29 homeruns and 114 runs batted in.
On January 3, 1920, the New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth's contract from the Boston Red Sox for $100,000. Babe Ruth would play for the Yankees until being released by the team in 1935. Trading Babe Ruth was one of the worst decisions that the Boston Red Sox ever made. In 1920, Babe Ruth's first year with the Yankees, Ruth hit for an average of .376 with 54 homeruns and 137 runs batted in. Throughout his hall of fame career that lasted from 1914 through 1935, Babe Ruth would hit 714 homeruns and drive in 2,213 runs.
Babe Ruth was officially inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. While with the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth won the Most Valuable Player award in 1923, and he made all-star appearances in 1933 and 1934. Babe Ruth led the American League in home runs twelve times. Many people do not realize that Babe Ruth was also a fantastic pitcher. The Yankees really didn't use Babe Ruth as a pitcher, but when he was with the Boston Red Sox from 1914 through 1919, Babe Ruth accumulated 91 wins in 146 starts and had an ERA of 2.55.