Happy Birthday Babe and Clint and Brady…..

Today marks the 117th anniversary of the birth of the one and only George Herman Ruth. And in his honor I offer snippets and tidbits, some which you may know and some you may not; about the man who remains the greatest baseball player who ever lived.

Babe was in and out of St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys several times from the time he was seven until he was 19. He caught for their baseball team. Note mask and right-handed glove.

This is the oldest known baseball card of Babe Ruth with the Baltimore Orioles sometime between February and July of 1914. It sold at auction in 2007 for $52,875.

Close up of Babe in the card.

The saloon which Babe’s dad owned once stood on the same ground that today is centerfield of Orioles Park at Camden Yards; which honors Babe’s beginnings with a statue outside.

Babe left Baltimore in July of 1914, sold to the Red Sox along with Ben Egan and Ernie Shore. The price was somewhere between $8000.00 and $25,000.00.

Babe arrived in Boston on a late morning train on July 11, 1914. At 3PM he was on the mound at Fenway Park beating the Cleveland Indians.

On his second day in Boston, he met 17-year-old Helen Woodford who worked at Landers Coffee Shop.  In October he took her home  and married her at St. Paul’s Church in Ellicott City Maryland.

At the time of Ted Williams’ birth in August of 1918, Babe was playing left field at Fenway Park.

He first led the league in home runs in 1918 when he hit 11 and was 13-7 as a pitcher. The following year he set a new home run record when he hit 29, breaking the record which had been held by Ned Williamson of the Chicago Cubs who hit 27 homers in 1884.

Ned Williamson held the single season home run record from 1884 until 1919, Babe held it from 1919 until 1961.

Babe hit only 49 of his 714 career home runs with the Red Sox, however, by the time he was sold to the Yankees, he had hit the longest home run in every big league ball park! He still holds the Red Sox record for most grand slam home runs in a season. He hit four in 1919. From 1918 through 1931, Babe led the league in home runs every year but two. And in those years he was injured!

Babe had back to back twenty win seasons in 1916 and 1917, no other Red Sox left-handed pitcher has ever done that! He shares the American League record with Ron Guidry (1978) for most shutouts (9) in a season by a left-handed pitcher. In the 1916 and 1918 World Series, Babe hurled 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless World Series innings. It broke the record which Christy Mathewson  had set in the 1903 World Series.

 When Babe Ruth retired in 1935, he held 54 major league records, the one of which he was most proud was the one, once held by Christy Mathewson!

He passed away in 1948 at the age of 53. He has not played since 1935 yet he still provides the measuring stick of greatness by which the all time greats are measured, first as the best left-handed pitcher in the game and then as the greatest slugger of all time! So Happy Birthday Babe, you too Clint and you too Brady.

        And so it is on this date in Fenway Park history, February 6, 2012 Babe’s

                                              birthday and Clint’s and Brady’s.

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About fenwaypark100

Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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