There were many
sports heroes in the 20's. But, Babe Ruth was definately the most
famous of all. He did many things that have changed the world of
6, 1895, George Hermon Ruth was born, a child who would one day change
not only America's baseball, but America itself.
Babe Ruth was one of the greatest
players of all time. He is well known for his homeruns and power
hitting. But, that is not where he got his start. For six seasons,
Babe was a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. He was incredible!
During those six seasons, the "Babe's" record was 89-46. He also
set a record for the most scoreless innings in world series play. At the
time, Ruth was probably the best pitcher in the major leagues, but his
hitting kept getting better. Eventually, Ruth improved so much at
hitting, the Red Sox made him an all-time outfielder so that he could bat
every game. Well, the Red Sox obviously made a good choice because
in 1919 Ruth hit 29 homeruns, a new homerun record. Then, in 1920,
Babe went to the New York Yankees. Ruth then hit 54 homeruns, which
became the new record. Almost every year after that, the "Babe" just
kept getting better and better. In 1921, he hit an amazing 59 homers.
But, his best year of all was definately 1927. That year, Ruth hit
60 homeruns, a record that would stand until 1961 when Roger Maris broke
But, Babe Ruth wasn't all about
hitting homeruns with the New York Yankees. In 1923 he had a batting
average of .393, won the MVP Award (most valuable player) and led
the Yankees to their first world series win. Over his whole career,
Ruth played in ten World Series. But, the one he was probably best
known for, was in 1932. The Yankees were playing the Cubs in the
World Series. In the fifth inning of game three, Babe Ruth
came to the plate. He then pointed his bat his to the right-center-field
bleachers. Then, on the very next pitch, Babe hit a homerun to the
exact same spot he had pointed to. Today, people say the "Salton
of Swat" (Ruth's nickname) was calling his shot. The Yankees swept
the series 4-0.
Babe Ruth retired from baseball. At that time, he was known as the
greatest player. Some people would also say that today. Ruth
was entered into the National Babseball Hall of Fame in 1936, only one
year after he retired! That's just more proof that Babe Ruth was
one of the greatest babseball players ever.
was definately one of the greatest sports players America has ever seen.
I'm sure the people of the 1920's greatly enjoyed seeing this amazing athlete
the game of baseball, America's favorite pastime!