Given Name: George Herman Ruth Jr.
Born: February 6, 1895, Baltimore, MD
Died: August 16, 1948, New York City, NY
• Boston Red Sox, 1914–1919
• New York Yankees, 1920–1934
• Boston Braves, 1935
More than just an icon of American baseball, Babe Ruth was also a showman, a gambler, a humanitarian, and an international ambassador of baseball. Read some of The Saturday Evening Post’s reporting on the Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, and the Colossus of Clout — George Herman Ruth Jr.
In talking about himself, the Babe wishes to make it clear that he has been both bad and good. In this 1931 profile, Babe Ruth describes growing up in an orphanage and his lucky early break.
Ruth was a natural — truly comfortable fielding, pitching, and (especially) hitting. His records are well-known, but his over-sized personality has been flattened over the decades, and the quick glimpses we get of him today as an overweight, ungainly, hard-drinking yokel don’t do him justice.
In a now-famous story, Babe Ruth made an unscheduled trek to the country to comfort a young, sick child who was one of his greatest fans..