Born: February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: August 16th, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA
Resting Place: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Legacy: One of the best baseball players of all time
29 Babe Ruth Facts for Kids
Babe Ruth was a professional baseball player in the MLB (Major League Baseball).
Babe Ruth is most famous for being one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Babe Ruth was born on February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Babe Ruth’s legal birthname was George Herman Ruth Junior.
Babe Ruth earned the nicknames “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat” while playing professional baseball.
Babe Ruth was the son of George Herman Ruth Sr. and Katherine Ruth.
Babe Ruth was married twice in his lifetime. His first wife was Helen Woodford, they married on October 17th, 1914. His second wife was Claire Merritt Hodgson, they were married on April 17th, 1929.
Babe Ruth only had one child in his lifetime. He had a daughter named Dorothy Ruth with Juanita Jennings.
Babe Ruth died at the age of 53 from a malignant brain tumor (cancer) on August 16th, 1948.
In his career, Ruth was on the winning team for the World Series seven times.
In early 1914, Ruth was signed to the Baltimore Orioles, which at the time was a minor-league team.
In mid-1914, Ruth was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
In 1915, Ruth hits his first home run as a major-league baseball player.
In 1915, Ruth wins his first World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
In 1919, Ruth is traded to the New York Yankees.
In 1920, Ruth was the first baseball player to hit 50 home runs in a single season, he hit 54 home runs.
In 1923, Ruth is awarded the MVP award for the American League.
In 1926, Ruth was the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a single season, he hit 60 home runs.
In 1929, Ruth was the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in their career.
On October 1st, 1932 during Game 3 of the World Series Ruth does his famous “called shot” gesture. In the fifth inning Ruth points his bat to the outfield, then proceeds to hit a home run in the direction of his gesture.
In 1933, Ruth plays in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the American League.
In 1935, Ruth was traded to the Boston Braves.
In 1935, Ruth retired from professional baseball.
In 1936, Ruth is admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1946, Ruth is diagnosed with a malignant tumor.
On August 16, 1948 at 8:01 pm ET, Ruth died in is sleep at Memorial Hospital in New York.
Babe Ruth still holds the MLB all-time record for slugging % at 0.690.
Babe Ruth still holds the MLB all-time record for OPS (On-base plus slugging) at 1.164.
Babe Ruth still holds the MLB all-time record for OPS+ at 206.