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Babe Ruth It was every picture a kid could see in their dreams The ball park packed with thousands of people as a large man wearing the number three on his shirt picks up a big heavy bat on his way to the plate He stands with his feet close together staring at the pitcher the bat wrapped around his left shoulder is held so far down that his fingers go over the bottom of the knob As the pitcher starts his windup the ball flies toward the plate and the big man at the last minute takes a big stride and swings the bat around very powerfully There is a loud crack as the ball goes up and up until there is nothing but a white dot In the stands the fans go crazy yelling deliriously and tapping each other on the back for the great Babe Ruth has just hit another home run George Herman Junior was born on the waterfront on February 6 1895 He was the first kid of a saloon keeper The seven siblings born after him only one his sister survived infancy His parents blamed everything that happened on him He was taught how to walk on a slippery sawdust saloon in his fathers saloon He stole from local shopkeepers and he threw stones at delivery men by the age of five At the age of seven he was chewing tobacco and refusing to go to school When the beating from his parents failed to make a difference they declared incorrigible and they sent him away They sent him to St Marys Industrial School for boys It was a combined reformatory and orphanage he would have to stay their off and on until he is eighteen His family Kendrick rarely visits him I guess Im just to big and ugly for anyone to come see me he told a fellow inmate
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