Babe Ruth Jr.

George Herman Ruth Jr. (1895 - 1948)

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George Herman (Babe) "The Bambino" Ruth Jr.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Ellicot City, Maryland, United Statesmap
Husband of — married in Saint Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New York, United Statesmap
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Biography

Babe Ruth was an American Major League Baseball player, who played from 1914-1935. He is considered one of the greatest sports heroes of all time and one of the most celebrated baseball personalities in history. Ruth still holds several records in MLB including a .690 career slugging percentage and a 1.164 career on-base plus slugging. Babe is attributed with bringing notoriety to the sport of baseball and gave a name to the "live-ball" era. When he was not playing baseball he was heavily involved in charitable causes and giving. Yankee Stadium is known as "The House that Ruth Built".[1]

Family

George Herman Ruth Jr. was born February 7, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland to George H. Ruth and Katherine Schamberger.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][1] George and Mary were the only two surviving children of eight born to George Sr and Kate.[1]

George Jr. was living with his parents at 341 South Woodyear Street, Precinct 11 Baltimore city Ward 20, Baltimore County, Maryland for the June 8, United States Census, 1900. [3] George Sr was working as a lightning rod agent at the time.

Unfortunately, George's parents felt they were unable to give him proper attention to tame some of his orneriness, and placed him at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage.[1] At that time, they signed custody over to the Catholic missionaries who ran St. Mary's. He saw very little of his family during his time at the school. A man by the name of Brother Matthias became a father figure in Ruth's life, teaching him all about baseball and igniting his love of the game.[1] George was enumerated both as a pupil of the St. Mary's Industrial School, Election District 13, Baltimore County, Maryland for the April 15, United States Census, 1910[11] and was also counted with his family at home in 1910, as noted by the census, where he was enumerated as son of the head of household at 400 Conway Street, Baltimore Ward 22, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland for the May 2, United States Census, 1910. Also included in the household are his dad, the head of the household George H Ruth, his mother, Kate, sister Mary and uncle William Ruth.[12] George Sr. was running his own saloon.

George registered for the draft, as shown in this June 5, 1917 United States World War I Draft Registration Card. He was living at 680 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts at the time, professionally playing baseball. He was married and he considered his wife as dependent upon him. He was 6'2" tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and dark hair as seen in this image of the original draft card.[4] He listed his place of employment as Fenway Park.

George married Mary Ellen "Helen" Woodford October 17th, 1914 in Ellicot City, Maryland, United States.[1] She died in a house fire in 1929.[1]

On June 7, 1921, Dorothy Helen, the only known child of Babe Ruth was born to his mistress, Juanita Jennings.

George wed Claire Hodgson on April 29, 1929, in Manhattan, New York County, New York. Both groom and bride were noted as widowed.[2][13][14] It was supposed to be the opening day of the baseball season, but the game was rained out. They were living in New York with Claire's parents, their daughter, Dorthy, and Claire's daughter, Julia, in 1930.[15] In 1940, Claire was listed as the head of the household, and her mother and brother were living with her, along with Babe and the girls.[16]

Legend

Babe, as George came to be called by fans the rest of his life, was a lefty- he both batted and threw left handed.[1] He made his baseball debut July 11, 1914 following his introduction to the Baltimore Oriole's Jack Dunn, and retired from the game May 30, 1935.[1] It was under Jack that he earned his nickname, Babe. His fellow teammates, upon seeing him, referred to his as "Jack's newest babe" and the legend began.[1] Babe was known for his slugging skills but many don't know he was an accomplished pitcher.[1]

Before long, Babe was sold to the Boston Red Sox.[1] He set a single season home-run record in 1919 on the Soxs, but at the end of the year found himself sold to the New York Yankees.[1] He broke his own home-run record in 1920 on the Yankees.[1] His 1921 season is considered one of the best of any baseball player in history. Babe had 59 home runs, 171 runs-batted-in, scored 177 runs, batted a .376 average with an .846 slugging percentage.[1] Babe put the Yankees and baseball on the map in a way it had never been before, so much so, that when the Yanks built a new stadium in 1923, they dubbed it "the House That Ruth Built".[1]

Babe broke his own home run record again in 1927, as a member of "Murderer's Row", pounding out 60 in a season.[1] This time his record would stand for 34 years.[1] By the time Babe retired from baseball in 1935, he held 56 major league records, including an astonishing 714 home runs.[1]

Babe was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Charter member in 1936.[1] He was voted Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press and Greatest Baseball Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated.[1]

Legacy

In 1946, Babe was diagnosed with cancer after finding a malignant tumor on his neck.[1] From that point on, his health deteriorated quickly.[1] The Yankees retired his number "3" jersey during his last visit to Yankees Stadium, June 13, 1948. He passed away just two months later.[1]

George "Babe" Herman Ruth Jr, lost his battle with cancer August 19, 1948 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.[2][1] His body was held in repose in Yankee Stadium for two days after his death, when his funeral was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.[1] Over 100,000 people lined up to pay their respects.[1] He was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA.[5]

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 Babe Ruth Official Website, www.baberuth.com, accessed 3 Jul 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WYC-X4W : accessed 9 March 2016), George Herman Ruth, 16 Aug 1948; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,134,508.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3KG-RY4 : accessed 9 March 2016), George H Ruth, Precinct 11 Baltimore city Ward 20, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; citing sheet 15A, family 311, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,617.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZNP-KS7 : accessed 10 March 2016), George Herman Ruth, 1917-1918; citing Boston City no 8, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,684,938.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 03 July 2018), memorial page for George Herman “Babe” Ruth (6 Feb 1895–16 Aug 1948), Find A Grave: Memorial #919, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  6. "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDF-YPNL : 16 March 2018), George Herman Ruth, 1920; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #102886, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 1391, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JT-RBH : 12 March 2018), George H Ruth, 1932; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2423-W4M : 12 March 2018), George H Ruth, 1938; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. "Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Z-VK1V : 16 March 2018), George H Ruth, 1933; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. "California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZQQ-MN8 : 13 March 2018), George H Ruth, 1933; citing Immigration, ship name Lurline Voyage 14, NARA microfilm publication M1764 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 47; FHL microfilm 1,734,651.
  11. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2N8-K2X : accessed 10 March 2016), George H Ruth, Election District 13, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 56, sheet 1A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,565.
  12. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2FF-3JP : accessed 10 March 2016), Gaorge H Ruth Jr. in household of George H Ruth, Baltimore Ward 22, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 373, sheet 15B, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,574.
  13. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24Z9-V26 : accessed 10 March 2016), George Herman Ruth and Claire Hodgson, 17 Apr 1929; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,672.
  14. An image of the Ruth Nuptials from a newspaper of the times.
  15. "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4K1-Q81 : accessed 10 March 2016), George H Ruth in entry for Carrie Merritt, 1930. District ED 434 Sheet Number and Letter 47A Household ID 120 Line Number 30 Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number T626 Affiliate Film Number 1556 GS Film Number 2341291 Digital Folder Number 004952144 Image Number 00496.
  16. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7MC-Y44 : accessed 10 March 2016), George H Ruth in household of Claire Ruth, Assembly District 9, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-786, sheet 6B, family 153, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2642.


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On 24 Nov 2008 Crystal McCann wrote:

At his death, the New York Times called Babe Ruth, "A figure unprecedented in American life. A born showman off the field and a marvelous performer on it, he had an amazing flair for doing the spectacular at the most dramatic moment."


On 24 Nov 2008 Crystal McCann wrote:

Ruth took part in an all-star tour of Japan in 1934, which sparked the country's keen interest in professional baseball. Some time later, Japanese soldiers seeking the ultimate insult for American troops would shout, "To hell with Babe Ruth!"



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