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Going down swinging Etched in stone are the words of Cardinal Spellman May the divine spirit that animated Babe Ruth to win the crucial game of life inspire the youth of America They are placed on the tomb of the great Babe Ruth To understand their significance one should consider Babe Ruths younger days baseball career charitableness and death George Herman Ruth Jr was born to Kate and George Ruth on February 6 1895 Ruth was born in his grandparents home in Baltimore Maryland Ruth was blessed from the beginning Out of eight children born to the Ruth family he was one of two to survive infancy Ruths father was a bartender at a local tavern Owning a tavern was his fathers dream Ruths father opened a tavern thus beginning Ruths separation from his parents Because the business consumed them Ruth was deprived of much needed love Lack of attention forced Ruth to the streets Ruth without guidance spent his first seven years of life on the filthy busy streets of the Baltimore Gossip around the city spread it was rumored that Ruth was an orphan Overwhelmed with his business and his out of control son Ruths father could no longer care for him On June 13 1902 Ruths father enrolled him at the St Marys Industrial School for Boys Custody of Ruth was signed over to the Xaverian Brothers who ran the school Ruth was to remain at the school until his 21st birthday Ruths reputation from the streets followed him He was labeled as incorrigible upon his admission to St Marys Ruth felt he was being imprisoned Perhaps it was his environment that made him feel so St Marys was a reformatory and orphanage that housed over 800 children Walls that resembled a large prison surrounded the school St Marys was secured by the constant surveillance of its guards As if that wasnt bad enough Ruth parents never visited Because of the lack
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