Babe Ruth, who lived from February 6, 1895, to August 16, 1948, is considered to be the greatest baseball player of all time. He was a member of seven World Series-winning teams, and was a 12-time American League home run champion. When he retired from playing baseball, his career batting average was .342 and his home runs total was 714. It should also be noted that he was a very good pitcher; in fact, his career earned run average was 2.28.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary baseball player:
10 Interesting Facts About Babe Ruth #1:
As many people know, he had a number of cool nicknames. Some of them were “The Bambino,” “The Caliph of Clout,” “Sultan of Swat,” “The Behemoth of Bust,” and “The Big Bam.”
10 Interesting Facts About Babe Ruth #2:
He was one of the charter members of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, in 1995.
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He once talked about the importance of a team. In his words, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
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One fact that many people do not know is that he was the first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.
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Babe Ruth had a difficult time remembering the names of his teammates. In fact, he often referred to every teammate as “kid.”
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He also once talked about how he uses a baseball bat to hit a pitch. In his words, “I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball … The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
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Another interesting fact is that his wife was a cousin of a Hall of Fame baseball player, Johnny Mize.
10 Interesting Facts About Babe Ruth #8:
He only earned approximately $850,000 as a professional baseball player.
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Another interesting fact is that he even commented on his success as a professional baseball pitcher. He stated, “As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”
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On a final note, his mother passed away when he was a teenager. Her cause of death was tuberculosis.
“Babe Ruth Statistics and History,” Baseball-Reference.com.
Cliff Corcoran, “99 Cool Facts About Babe Ruth,” SportsIllustrated.com.
“Ruth, Babe,” Encyclopedia.com.