Babe Ruth

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Babe Ruth

  1. 1. By Stephanie Beyda and Claire Suh Babe Ruth
  2. 2. What You Will Learn… <ul><li>His background & childhood </li></ul><ul><li>His surprising adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Origin of his nickname “Babe” </li></ul><ul><li>His career and life </li></ul><ul><li>His influence on his fans & baseball </li></ul><ul><li>The end of his life </li></ul><ul><li>His achievements </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Born February 6 th , 1895 </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Baltimore, Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Real name was George Herman Ruth </li></ul>
  4. 4. Childhood <ul><li>His parents had eight children </li></ul><ul><li>Only his sister, Marnie, survived infancy </li></ul><ul><li>Attended St. Mary’s Industrial School </li></ul>
  5. 5. High School Baseball <ul><li>Played catcher and pitcher for St. Mary’s varsity team </li></ul><ul><li>At age 19, he was spotted by Jack Dunn, who signed him </li></ul>
  6. 6. Adoption <ul><li>Dunn had to adopt him in order to pass custody over </li></ul><ul><li>His nickname originated from being Dunn’s “babe” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Start of Career <ul><li>Spent 5 months as an Oriole, then was sold to Boston Red Sox </li></ul><ul><li>In his first World Series, he broke the record of pitches </li></ul>
  8. 8. Early Career Achievement <ul><li>His 29 2/3rds scoreless innings record remained for 43 years </li></ul><ul><li>Set the major league record with 29 home runs </li></ul>
  9. 9. Statistics Further Into Career <ul><li>His team, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 1918 </li></ul><ul><li>In three seasons, he had 94 wins and 46 losses </li></ul>
  10. 10. New Ownership <ul><li>After the 1919 season, Babe was sold for $125,000 to the Yankees </li></ul><ul><li>Led the Yankees to 2 pennants and 1 World Series within 2 years </li></ul>
  11. 11. Influence On Fans <ul><li>In 1920, the Yankees were the first team to attract over a million fans </li></ul><ul><li>When Ruth began playing, they shared “The Polo Grounds” with the Giants </li></ul>
  12. 12. Influence On Yankee Stadium <ul><li>Yankee Stadium was built 1923 </li></ul><ul><li>It became known as “The House that Ruth Built” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Financial Homerun <ul><li>Made $80,000/year </li></ul><ul><li>A reporter realized he was making more than the president </li></ul><ul><li>He replied “Why not? I had a better year than he did.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Start of World Series <ul><li>In game three of the World Series, Babe was batting in the 5 th inning </li></ul><ul><li>Pitcher Charlie Root took him to a count of two strikes & two balls </li></ul>
  15. 15. During The World Series <ul><li>Babe yelled and pointed to center field </li></ul><ul><li>He hit next pitch 500 feet past stands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set record for longest home run ever at Wrigley Field </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Hall of Fame Induction <ul><li>Most celebrated athlete of his time </li></ul><ul><li>Baseball’s first great slugger </li></ul><ul><li>First of six inductees for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Records <ul><li>Regular season record of 714 home runs was hundreds ahead of his closest competitor </li></ul><ul><li>Had a lifetime slugging average of .690% </li></ul><ul><li>Had 2873 hits during his whole career </li></ul>
  18. 18. Life After Big Leagues <ul><li>Lived quietly with wife Claire </li></ul><ul><li>During the fall of 1946, Ruth was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his neck </li></ul><ul><li>His health began to decline rapidly </li></ul>
  19. 19. Death <ul><li>Died August 16, 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>His jersey number 3 retired at his last appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>More than 100,000 people paid their respects at the stadium </li></ul><ul><li>Funeral held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City </li></ul>
  20. 20. Babe Ruth Day <ul><li>April 27, 1947 was declared Babe Ruth Day </li></ul><ul><li>Declared when Ruth was diagnosed with tumor </li></ul><ul><li>Organized for all baseball leagues in United States </li></ul>
  21. 21. The End The End

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