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. Babe's 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. Mary's Industrial School for Boys and his father gave the Xaverian Brothers full custody. Essentially the Xaverian Brothers who ran St. Mary's became Babe's parents.
At St. Mary's 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 Sox's decided to trade him to their rivals, the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox...