Historical Babe Ruth Milestones
The "Sultan of Swat," the "Colossus of Clout", or simply "The Babe," George Herman Ruth was a larger than life man both on and off the diamond. Widespread consensus as the greatest player in baseball history, Babe Ruth won seven World Series Championships while playing for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Although Ruth was originally scouted as a pitcher and made his major league debut on July 11, 1914 on the pitching mound for the Boston Red Sox, he saw most success later on as a slugging outfielder for the Yankees. During his first full season as a professional baseball player in 1915, Babe Ruth pitched his way to an 18-8 record while batting .315, as he played on his first ever World Series Championship team. For his career as a pitcher, Ruth had a record of 94-46 with an earned run average of 2.28. During the seasons of 1917 and 1918, Ruth's offensive abilities became undeniable and his emergence as a hitter began as he led the Red Sox to three World Series championships in 1915, 1916, and 1918. Ruth's relationship with Sox ownership then began to wear thin as he demanded his salary be doubled following the 1919 season, which led Red Sox owner, Harry Frazee, to sell Babe Ruth to the then-lowly New York Yankees for $100,000 in order to finance a Broadway play titled "No, No, Nanette." This move would turn the pages of baseball history forever. As Babe Ruth would go on to either lead or be amongst the top players in home runs, runs, total bases, batting average, walks, and RBIs over the following 15 years, the Red Sox would fail to win a World Series post-Ruth for 86 years. Ruth's charisma, swagger, and talent drew record-breaking crowds to Major League Baseball stadiums who wanted nothing more than to see the "Great Bambino" in person. In 1927, Ruth went on to hit 60 home runs, a MLB record that stood for 34 years. Winning four more World Series Championships with the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs, a mark that stood until Hank Aaron eclipsed it in 1974.
Despite 1935 being Babe Ruth's final season, today he is still one of the most recognizable athletes in American sports and considered to be the best baseball player of all time. ESPN even named Ruth America's #3 All-Time Greatest Athlete in 1999, behind only basketball great, Michael Jordan, and boxer, Muhammad Ali. The Babe is a timeless American hero that will be remembered forever as one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. To invest in Babe Ruth memorabilia is to add the highest possible value your collection and take home one of the greatest pieces of Major League Baseball history in existence.
Collecting Babe Ruth Memorabilia