Babe Ruth Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died: August 16, 1948 in New York City, New York
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Full name George Herman Ruth
Born February 6, 1895, Baltimore, Maryland
Died August 16, 1948, New York, New York
Buried at Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven, Hawthorne, New York (Section 25, Lot 1115, Center of Graves 3 and 4)
First Game: July 11, 1914; Final Game: May 30, 1935
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 2" Weight: 215

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1936
Won League Award as AL Most Valuable Player (1923)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1926 to 1931)

This article was written by Allan Wood and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

During his five full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth established himself as one of the premier left-handed pitchers in the game, began his historic transformation from moundsman to slugging outfielder, and was part of three World Series championship teams. After he was sold to the New York Yankees in December 1919, his eye-popping batting performances over the next few seasons helped usher in a new era of long-distance hitting and high scoring, effectively bringing down the curtain on the Deadball Era.

George Herman Ruth was born to George Ruth and Catherine Schamberger on February 6, 1895, in his mother's parents' house at 216 Emory Street, in Baltimore, Maryland. With his father working long hours in his saloon and his mother often in poor health, Little George (as he was known) spent his days unsupervised on the waterfront streets and docks, committing petty theft and vandalism. Hanging out in his father's bar, he stole money from the till, drained the last drops from old beer glasses, and developed a taste for chewing tobacco. He was only six years old.

Shortly after his seventh birthday, the Ruths petitioned the Baltimore courts to declare Little George "incorrigible" and sent him to live at St. Mary's Industrial School, on the outskirts of the city. The boy's initial stay at St. Mary's lasted only four weeks before his parents brought him home for the first of several attempted reconciliations; his long-term residence at St. Mary's actually began in 1904. But it was during that first stay that George met Brother Matthias.

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1932 Just Pals (Performer), 1932 Over the Fence (Performer), 1927 Babe Comes Home (Performer), 1922 Little Miss Bluebonnet (in person), 1921 Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 25 (in person), 1920 How Babe Ruth Hits a Home Run (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2008 Cubs Forever: Celebrating 60 Years of WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs (Other), 2006 Baseball's Secret Formula (Other), 1996 100 Years of Olympic Glory (Other), 1993-1994 Biography (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1984 Going Hollywood: The '30s (Other), 1950 Fifty Years Before Your Eyes (Other), 1942 The Pride of the Yankees (Performer), 1932 Fancy Curves (Performer), 1932 Perfect Control (Performer), 1928 Speedy (Performer), 1948 The Babe Ruth Story (Writer), 1948 The Babe Ruth Story (in person), 1991 Baseball's Official Ballpark Bloopers (in person), 1939 Touching All Bases (in person), 1925 Sons of Swat (in person), 1922 Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 11 (in person), 1920 Over the Fence (in person), 1916 Animated Weekly, No. 41 (in person), 2010 30 for 30 (Other), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2010 HBO Boxing After Dark (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2006 Costas Now (Other), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2001 The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of (Other), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (Other), 2000 Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (Other), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (Other), 1999 The Sweet Science (Other), 1998 Babe Ruth (Other), 1997 Sports on the Silver Screen (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1990 Babe Ruth: The Man, the Myth, the Legend (Other), 1960 World Wide '60 (Other), 1956 Climax! (Other), 1952 The Ed Sullivan Show (Other), 1920 Headin' Home (Performer), 1929 At the Ball Game (in person), 1921 Cradle of Champions (in person), 1920 Play Ball with Babe Ruth (in person), 1916 World Series Games 1916, Boston vs. Brooklyn (in person), 2012 Men at Lunch (Other), 2011 Moneyball (Other), 2011 Catching Hell (Other), 2005-2006 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2005 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (Other), 2004 2004 World Series (Other), 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (Other), 2004 Whose Curse Is Worse: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial (Other), 2003 The True Story of Seabiscuit (Other), 2000 Legends, Icons & Superstars of the 20th Century (Other), 1999 The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (Other), 1996 The Roaring Twenties (Other), 1995 Idols of the Game (Other), 1992 When It Was a Game 2 (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1990 The American Experience (Other), 1952 The Winning Team (Other), 1950 The Golden Twenties (Other), 1937 Home Run on the Keys (Performer), 1932 Slide, Babe, Slide (Performer), American Masters (Sound), 1937 Home Run on the Keys (Sound), 1991 Baseball's Greatest Moments (in person), 1987 A's All Star Almanac (in person), 1926 Top-Notchers (in person), 1917 The Baseball Revue of 1917 (in person), 1915 1915 World's Championship Series (in person), 2009 WWE: History of the World Heavyweight Championship (Other), 2008 Bigger Stronger Faster* (Other), 2006 American Eats (Other), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (Other), 2003 The Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2003 Jim McKay: My World in My Words (Other), 1998 Race for the Record (Other), 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Other), 1997 American Masters (Other), 1983 Zelig (Other), 1963 Fractured Flickers (Other), 1963 Biography (Other), 1956-1960 Project XX (Other), 1939 Sports Immortals (Other)

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