Day 12/365: Watch my Dust! Babe Ruth (a.k.a Baby Ruth?)

Day 12/365: Watch my Dust! Babe Ruth (a.k.a Baby Ruth?)

January 12, 2011 (Wednesday)

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth

Day 12 is for Mr. Babe Ruth who inspires the world through baseball and said ““I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.”

Babe Ruth
Born: February 6, 1895
Baltimore, Maryland
Died: August 16, 1948
New York, New York
American baseball player

His Beginnings.

George Herman Ruth Jr., later known as Babe Ruth, was born on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland, one of George Herman Ruth and Kate Schamberger’s eight children. Of the eight, only George Jr. and a sister, Mamie, survived. Ruth’s father owned a tavern, and running the business left him and his wife with little time to watch over their children. Young George began skipping school and getting into trouble. He also played baseball with other neighborhood children whenever possible.

At the age of seven Ruth was sent to the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a school that took care of boys who had problems at home. It was run by the Brothers (men who had taken vows to lead religious lives) of a Catholic order of teachers. Ruth wound up staying there off and on until he was almost twenty. At St. Mary’s, Ruth studied, worked in a tailor shop, and learned values such as sharing and looking out for smaller, weaker boys. He also developed his baseball skills with the help of one of the Brothers.

Baseball Life

Ruth became so good at baseball (both hitting and as a left-handed pitcher) that the Brothers wrote a letter to Jack Dunn, manager of the Baltimore Orioles minor league baseball team, inviting him to come see Ruth. After watching Ruth play for half an hour, Dunn offered him a six-month contract for six hundred dollars. Dunn also had to sign papers making him Ruth’s guardian until the boy turned twenty-one.

When Dunn brought Ruth to the Oriole locker room for the first time in 1914, one of the team’s coaches said, “Well, here’s Jack’s newest babe now!” The nickname stuck, and Babe Ruth stuck with the team as well, performing so well that he was moved up later that year to the Boston Red Sox of the American League. Ruth pitched on championship teams in 1915 and 1916, but he was such a good hitter that he was switched to the out-field so that he could play every day. (Pitchers usually play only every four or five days because of the strain that pitching has on their throwing arm.) In 1919 his twenty-nine home runs set a new record and led to the beginning of a new playing style. Up to that point home runs occurred very rarely, and baseball’s best players were usually pitchers and high-average “singles” hitters. By 1920 Ruth’s frequent home runs made the “big bang” style of play more popular and successful.

The Yankees Superstar

In 1920 Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees for one hundred thousand dollars and a three hundred fifty thousand dollar loan. This was a huge event which increased his popularity. In New York his achievements and personality made him a national celebrity. Off the field he enjoyed eating, drinking, and spending or giving away his money outright; he earned and spent thousands of dollars. By 1930 he was paid eighty thousand dollars for a season, a huge sum for that time, and his endorsement income (money received in return for public support of certain companies’ products) usually added up to be more than his baseball salary.

Ruth led the Yankees to seven American League championships and four World Series titles. He led the league in home runs many times, and the 60 he hit in 1927 set a record for the 154-game season. (Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in a 162-game season in 1961.) Ruth’s lifetime total of 714 home runs is second only to the 755 hit by Hank Aaron (1934–). With a .342 lifetime batting average for 22 seasons of play, many consider Babe Ruth the game’s greatest player.

When Ruth’s career ended in 1935, he had hoped to become a major league manager, but his reputation for being out of control made teams afraid to hire him. In 1946 he became head of the Ford Motor Company’s junior baseball program. He died in New York City on August 16, 1948.

TRIVIA

Was Baby Ruth Chocolate Bar name after Babe Ruth?

According to the American National Confectioner’s Association, the candy bar was named for Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth — although she died in 1904, and the candy was not manufactured until 1920, by the Curtiss Candy Company in Chicago. Another source, quoted in Tom Burnham’s 1980 book, More Misinformation, suggests that the chocolate, caramel, nougat, and peanut log was first named for the granddaughter of the president of the Williamson Candy Company, where the recipe originated.

Curtiss Candy gave away thousands of Baby Ruths in promotions and priced the product at five cents, half the going rate. In 1921, when children began sending their candy wrappers to ballplayer Babe Ruth for him to autograph, the Yankee slugger demanded royalties for use of his name on the best-selling product. But the business of sports endorsements was in its infancy, and the courts turned him down.

So there you go folks, Babe Ruth was born 1895 and became famous when he joined the Yankees on 1920 and made him a national celebrity. Baby Ruth was manufactured 1920! what a coincidence?!?

Thanks to Babe Ruth! and I love Baby Ruth! 🙂

Day 12/365

Disclaimer:

This is a Project Self Portrait for 365. The photography images is being conceptualized as a work of art and not intended to commercially replicate a person life or cause any harm to any person or character. This photography project only promotes the relationship of the images on a desired subject.