I was the baseball icon that was among the 5 included to the Baseball Hall of Fame at the time, Babe Ruth. I have set many records playing as a pitcher and slugging outfielder. Born in Baltimore, Maryland I went on to break baseball’s most important slugging records: most years leading a league in home runs, most total bases in a season, and highest slugging percentage for a season. I hit 7134 home runs in all my career. This record stood from the ending of my career, 1948, to 1974.
My birth name is George Herman Ruth Jr. I lived in a tavern owned by my parents, Kate Schamberger-Ruth and George Herman Ruth Sr., at the time that was in the poor neighborhood of Baltimore’s waterfronts. I was a child of eight children and was one of only two that survived infancy. At the age of 7, I was very troublesome for my busy parents. I lacked in parental guidance and was often caught drinking, wandering the docks, chewing tobacco, and taunting police officers. My parents thought they have done their part of teaching his discipline, but still needed more. I was then sent to a strict Catholic orphanage, St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and that became my new home for 12 years. My father figure during this time was a monk named Brother Matthias.
Matthias and some other monks introduced me to baseball. When I was 15, I was both a strong hitter and pitcher. My pitching caught the attention of the minor league Baltimore Orioles owner, Jack Dunn. The Orioles prepped their players to play for the major league team, Boston Red Sox and Dunn had promised me an athletic career. Jack Dunn became my legal guardian to sign for my baseball contract to play professionally. This resulted into my teammates jokingly to call me Dunn’s new babe. This name stuck and became my infamous nickname, Babe Ruth. I was at the Orioles for a short amount of time and was called up by Boston to play with them. Being a left-handed pitcher I became vital for the team. Over the next five years, I led Boston to three championships, which consisted of my 1916 still-record of 13 scoreless innings in one game.
In 1919, my life went for a spin. The Boston Red Sox owner was in debt and found help in the Yankees by buying the rights of me for $100,000 in December of 1919. My exit resulted in the loss of the winning streak of the Boston Red Sox and the dominance of the Yankees. I won four World during the next 15 seasons and became a full-time outfielder.
I had many accomplishments during the years. When with the Red Sox in 1919, I set a single-season home run record of 29. This led to my 1920’s fresh season with the Yankees hitting 54 home runs and after that season me hitting 59 home runs. In 1927, I then hit 60 home runs, a record that stood for 34 years. I had done so great with the Yankees that they had named their stadium in 1923 after me, “the house that Ruth built.” Over the course of my career I went on to break baseball’s most important slugging records: most years leading a league in home runs (12); most total bases in a season (457); and highest slugging percentage for a season (.847). In all, I hit 714 home runs, a record that stood up till 1974.
My success was taken into consideration by the hungry, fast lifestyle of the pre-Depression America. My large appetite for food, alcohol, women and extravagant spendings were ideal for the typical American of the time. These factors reduced my chances of becoming a team manager. Finally, my dreams of becoming a team manager of a major league team became possible when I earned the title of coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. During these times I spend most of my time now in charitable events being the generous man I am.