Fun Facts on Babe Ruth

Updated version of the Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse by David A. Kelly
Updated version of the Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse by David A. Kelly

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• Babe Ruth hit the first home run in the history of the All Star Game, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933.
• When Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927, he hit 14% of all home runs in his league that year. For a player to hit 14% of all home runs today, he would have to hit over 300 home runs in one season.
• On May 6, 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run off Jack Warhop, who pitched, ironically, for the Yankees.
• Babe Ruth was one of only two people to ever hit three home runs in a World Series game.
• He was born in Baltimore, and educated at Saint Mary’s Industrial School.
• In 1914 he started out his career as a left-handed pitcher for Baltimore.
• Later in the year of 1914 he became a member of the Boston Red Sox.
• From 1920 to 1935 he played for the New York Yankees as an outfielder.
• The Babe played in 163 games as a pitcher, winning 92 and losing 44, for a percentage of .676, he was one of the best left-handed pitchers the game has ever known.
• From 1919 to the end of his career he was the outstanding outfielder of his time and one of the best in baseball history.
• He was mainly known as a home-run hitter. In 1927 he set a record for hitting 60 home runs in 154 games, a major league record that stood until 1961.
• Babe Ruth’s lifetime record of 714 home runs in regular-season play was finally broken by Hank Aaron in 1974.
• After his major league career of 22 years, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.