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THE LIFE OF BABE RUTH Babe Ruth born George Ruth Jr is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time Everybody knows how great a hitter Babe was and how he virtually invented the home run Not everybody knows how great of a pitcher Babe was even though he was one of the best left-handed pitchers of all time Babe had a 92 and 44 record 676 and a 224 career earned- run average in 163 games pitched Not many career 342 hitters that averaged a home run every 118 at bats can say that George Ruth Jr was born in Baltimore Maryland on February 6 1895 son of George Herman Ruth Sr and Kate Ruth George took the name of Herman at his confirmation since it was his fathers middle name and the name of his friend at StMarys Industrial School Brother Herman Ruth says he had a rotten start in life he spent his childhood days on the streets and piers of Baltimore He led a rather lawless life his parents were medium-poor and he was mainly on his own All this changed when Ruth entered StMarys Industrial School at the age of eight Ruth even though he didnt realize it had come in to a good thing Brother Matthais took young Ruth under his wing and taught him to read write play baseball do needle work and right from wrong Ruth showed a startling natural talent with a baseball bat so Brother Matthais tried to round young George into a complete baseball player by teaching him to pitch and field Ruth says that Brother Matthais was the greatest man I ever knew Ruth was taught to make shirts and became quite good at it he boasted that he could sew a shirt in less than 15 minutes Ruth never
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