Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

On June 2, 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport’s hall of fame.

Photo of the 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. Back row: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson. Seated: Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Cy Young. Ty Cobb was late to the photo and is not pictured.

Photo of the 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. Back row: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson. Seated: Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Cy Young. Ty Cobb was late to the photo and is not pictured.

Many of the records Ruth set remained in place for decades. His career homerun record stood until 1974, when it was broken by Hank Aaron. Ruth’s record of 60 homeruns in a single season (1927) of 154 games wasn’t bested until 1961, when Roger Maris knocked out 61 homers in an extended season of 162 games. The Sultan of Swat’s career slugging percentage of .690 remains the highest in Major League history.

Ruth died of throat cancer at age 53 on August 16, 1948, in New York City. His body lay in state at Yankee Stadium for two days and was visited by over 100,000 fans.

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  1. Birgit says:

    I saw Civil War ends but when I clicked on it-page didn’t exist but seeing that Babe Ruth retired on this day made my day-a famous sports guy whom I actually know:)-I would have to be living under a rock not to know. Today’s my 50th so I was wondering what would be posted on your site today

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    • I had written a post about the Civil War ending today but then found it confusing. You see different generals in charge of different operations surrender at different times. Everyone knows the story of Robert E. Lee arriving at Appomatox Court House as the official end of the Civil war, but today was a different general. I posted in error and then pulled it back. If you want to see everything on your birthday, use this site http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history It is the starting source for most of my posts and then I research a little more and then look for associated google images to go with it.

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