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On February 6 1895 George Herman Ruth Jr was born in his grandparents house in Baltimore Maryland Ruth as a young child Ruths dad worked as a bartender and owned his own bar They spent very little time with George because they worked long hours Eventually his parents felt that they couldnt take care of George and on June 13 1902 he was taken to St Marys Industrial School for Boys His custody was also signed over to the Xaverian Brothers a Catholic Order of Jesuit Missionaries who ran St Marys St Marys was both a reformatory and orphanage which was surrounded by a wall like a prison with guards on duty George who was always involved in pranks and fights was classified as incorrigible when he was admitted The only positive thing that happened from going to St Marys was meeting Brother Mathias Brother Mathias was the disciplinary guy at St Marys He spent a lot of time with George He even helped Ruth learn to be a baseball player Baseball was a popular game for the boys at St Marys and George played well at a young age He played all positions on the field was an excellent pitcher and had the ability to hit the ball very well By his late teens Ruth had developed into a major league baseball prospect On February 27 1914 at the age of nineteen the Baltimore Orioles signed Babe to his first professional baseball contract Because Ruths parents had signed over custody of him to St Marys he was supposed to remain at the school until he was twenty-one To go around this Dunn the man who signed him became Ruths legal guardian Just five months after being signed by the Baltimore Orioles Babe Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox He made his debut as a major leaguer in
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