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George Herman Ruth Jr was born on February 6 1895 in Baltimore Maryland He was the first of eight children born George got the nickname Babe from his friends while playing baseball Babe lived with his parents until he was seven years old He managed to survive the dirty crowded city of Baltimore Babes mom and dad did not show much love or affection for their son His parents felt that Babe was causing too much trouble for the family so they decided to send him away Young Babe was sent to St Marys Industrial School for Boys and his father gave the Xaverian Brothers full custody Essentially the Xaverian Brothers who ran St Marys became Babes parents At St Marys Babe met Brother Mathias Brother Mathias was a very positive influence for the troubled boy He even taught Babe how to play baseball It is because of his difficult childhood and positive influence of Brother Mathias that Babe Ruth came to love children This explains why all his life he went out of his way to help and encourage kids in need Babe Ruth amazed everyone at the school with his awesome baseball skills He was a joy to watch He played all positions including pitcher He showed great potential at a young age Babe was basically known for hitting towering home runs and throwing very hard His talent was noticed by the Baltimore Orioles a professional baseball organization On February 27 1914 the Orioles signed Babe Ruth to a contract Unfortunately within five months after being signed by the Baltimore Orioles Babe Ruth was traded to Boston Red Sox He would only play in Boston for five seasons because the Red Soxs decided to trade him to their rivals the New York Yankees The Boston Red Sox didnt realize that they let go the greatest player to ever play the game The New York Yankees were really happy to have the Babe join
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