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Babe Ruth Biography Ruth in 1898 at the age of 3 The Babe Ruth Museum On February 6 1895 Kate Schamberger Ruth gave birth to her first child George Herman Ruth Jr was born in the house of his grandparents in Baltimore Maryland He was the first of eight children born to Kate and George Herman Ruth Unfortunately most of the children died in infancy and only George Jr and his sister Mamie survived to lead a full life Ruths father worked as a bartender and ultimately opened his own tavern He and his wife spent little time with their son because they worked long hours Contrary to popular belief young George was not an orphan For the first seven years of his life he was with his parents but he survived without guidance on the dirty crowded streets of the Baltimore riverfront Young George experienced little if any real love from his parents who made no time for their son Ultimately they felt that they could no longer care for their son On June 13 1902 George Herman Ruth took his seven year-old to St Marys Industrial School for Boys Not only did he place young George in the school but he also signed over custody of the boy to the Xaverian Brothers a Catholic Order of Jesuit Missionaries who ran St Marys St Marys was both a reformatory and orphanage that was surrounded by a wall similar to a prison with guards on duty There were approximately 800 children at St Marys The reformatory had four dormitories that housed about 200 kids each George Jr who by the age of seven had already been involved with mischievous altercations was classified as incorrigible upon his admission For a few brief periods he was returned to live with his family but he was always sent back to St Marys and no one ever came
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