George Herman Ruth Jr. was born on the date of February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. "Babe was born in to a family of eight children. His parents worked in a tavern so he had to take care of himself. Babe was sent to a school for bays, a reformatory and orphanage. When he turned 15 he was a very good baseball player. At age 19 Jack Dunn the owner and manager of the Baltimore Orioles saw his talent and signed him to a contract. Since Jack Dunn drafted him young he became Jack's "Babe". After five months with the Orioles, the Boston Red Sox purchased his contract. He pitched and played outfield for the Red Sox. He became one of the greatest hitters of all time. He set a record by pitching 13 scoreless innings in the 1916 World Series. He also pitched the longest complete game in a World Series by pitching 14 innings. After that the Red Sox would not win another World Series title until 2004. He set the record for the most home runs in a seasons the next year by hitting 29. Babe ended up hitting the second most home runs ever.
Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 in New York. He was the only one of four children to survive. He played semi-professional baseball for the New York Giants. Lou Gehrig played pro ball in with the Yankees. he hit .423 in 26 at bats. Gehrig played 2130 consecutive games which is a record. In 1938 Lou fell below the .300 average for the first time. There was something wrong. His streak was broken do to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is now called Lou Gehrig disease. he would never play baseball again. He died on June 2, 1941. Lou Gehrig has the most talent and humility of everybody who played. He set records that seemed impossible to break or tie.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Jackie Robinson was a black man who played second base. His famous number was #42. Jackie started playing pro ball for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He broke the color barrier. Before him only white men played ball. Jackie soon became the most popular baseball card. He won the National League MVP in 1949, leading everybody in hitting by batting .342 and steals with 37. He also had 124 runs batted in. Jackie was in the 1947 World Series, the 1949 World Series, the 1952 World Series, the 1953 World Series, and the 1955 and 1956 World Series. he had 6 all-star appearances a National League MVP award and the Rookie of the Year award. he also won the batting title. Sadly Jackie died on October 24, 1972, in Stamford Connecticut.
Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931 in Alabama. His father worked in a steel mill and played semi-professional baseball sponsored by the mill when Willie was growing up. At the age of 14 Willie joined his father on the team and also worked in the mill. He began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing with the Birmingham Black Barons in the segregated Negro Southern League. Willie Mays got of to a rocky start, going hitless in his first 12 at bats. Mays broke his hitless streak with a home run that went over the left field roof. In that first season he hit 19 home runs. The Giants won the National League Pennant that year. Joe DiMaggio said that he had the greatest throwing arm in baseball. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. Willie was considered the greatest player ever to play.
Hank Luis Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, on the 5th of February 1934. It was the day before Babe Ruth's 39th birthday. Hank was the third of eight children in his family. His parents names were Estella and Herbert Aaron. He was raised in Toulminville, a village that was on the outskirts of Mobile. He attended Central High School and Hank finished school at Josephine Allen Institute. After seeing Jackie Robinson play he was determined to become a professional baseball player. He played on the semiprofessional team, the Mobile Black Bears. When he was on the Indianapolis Clowns he led the league with a .467 batting average. The pro teams saw his skill and he was drafted by the Boston Braves with a contract of $10,000 midway through the first season. He came on strong and in 1953 he won the league's most valuable player award. He holds the record with 24 all star game appearances, and runs batted in. Hank Aaron became the firs player ever to hit 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Hank Aaron finished his 1973 season despite the thought that he might be the target of a kidnapping plot only one more home run short of Babe Ruth's record. In front of a crowd of 53,775 fans in Atlanta's stadium he hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record. When he retired in 1976 he had 755 home runs, 2,297 runs batted in, 6,856 total bases and 1477 extra base hits. When he retired he moved back to Atlanta. In 2002 President George W. Bush awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.