“Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.”

—Babe Ruth

The “Babe” was born George Herman Ruth in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1895. By age seven, he was known as an incorrigible child due to many counts of misbehavior. Perhaps due to his parents’ long work hours, they signed over custody of young George to the Xaverian Brothers at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, which was both a reformatory school and an orphanage. St. Mary’s served as his home for the next 12 years.

At St. Mary’s, George found a mentor in Brother Matthias, a man who was large in both his physical build and his impact on the future baseball star. After years of training under Brother Matthias, when George was 19, Jack Dunn, owner and manager of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, recruited this rising talent. Here, he also earned his famous nickname. Because of George’s young age he became known as Jack’s “babe,” and the name stuck.

Within five months, the Boston Red Sox signed him to his first major league contract. Later he joined the New York Yankees. During his 22-year professional career, when he set the record of the time with 60 home runs in one season, he carved his name into baseball history and American folklore as “The Great Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat.” His lifetime record of 714 home runs was unbeaten until 1974.

The Babe spent his post-baseball life doing radio talk shows and speaking at orphanages and hospitals. He was among the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner. Fittingly, numerous awards granted to him after his death in 1948, such as the Associated Press’ Athlete of the Century, have acknowledged his legendary status as the most well-known baseball player of all time.

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lucas c. from nc  AUGUST 15, 2022
he was one of the best baseball players

Jenna Herritt from Kent state APRIL 14, 2020
Woohoo, Great job,Babe.

Danielle from Peabody ma. MAY 7, 2019
I love them all!!!. So uplifting.this is what the world needs. Keep them coming. Thank you. Positive thinking.

Rica M. Duaso JUNE 15, 2018
The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance.

Anonymous MARCH 12, 2018

Frankie from Yo Mama SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
He is yo mom

Frankie from Yo Mama SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
He is cool

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
this guy is a super best

william SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Good guy

Carter Woolf AUGUST 26, 2016
the great bambemo

Angel from evansville, in MARCH 15, 2016

hi mom from uranus JANUARY 14, 2016
good job

#Sup i'm Here DECEMBER 2, 2015
he did lots of amazing things

Sam  NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Babe Ruth is the baseball player of all time!

brody from Bryson city OCTOBER 8, 2015
great guy!!!

brody OCTOBER 8, 2015
like this guy!!!

Dylan SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
meant to be in the hall of fame Never Forget Him

NULL from NULL JANUARY 14, 2015
Good Guy

Jeremiah from San Diego  APRIL 21, 2014
I like him he is cool

Caleb from In APRIL 21, 2014
You rock

Branden Taylor from Georgetown, TX FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Good story. Really inspiring

Ohodgee Nieves from Hartford,CT FEBRUARY 15, 2014
I remember I read a story about Babe Ruth he was fun Baseball player. There's also an Babe Ruth Candy.

Alejandro Erik Rodgers Pablo Hernandez III from Canada FEBRUARY 11, 2014
So inspiring, Such a cool story, best I've heard in a long while.

Andrew from Texas JANUARY 7, 2014
Great story.

Monniq from St. Paul,Minnisota NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Cool! I love this guy, he is a cool dude!

cody from mant APRIL 13, 2012
This is cool!

Santiago from Phoenix, AZ AUGUST 17, 2011
Wow what an inspiring story...

bob from ny JANUARY 31, 2011
That was an awesome thing to have to do on Ruth's part.

Carl S. from LEXINGTON,SC MAY 21, 2010
You are my hero, man.

Mabel L. from Lexington, SC MAY 21, 2010
What you did was AWESOME!!!

Cheyanne Ayers R. from USA MAY 20, 2010
Babe Ruth, you were awesome at what you did.

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