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This Day In History: Babe Ruth Retires

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Babe Ruth, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, in baseball uniform, holding baseball bat. Facsimile signature on image: "Yours truly "Babe" Ruth."
By: Irwin, La Broad, & Pudlin, Public Domain

On June 2, 1935, Babe Ruth retired from Major League baseball  after playing for 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs.
 
George Herman Ruth Jr. was born on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore. At 19, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles and then a Boston Red Sox minor league team. He was referred to as the team owner’s newest “babe” and the nickname stuck.
 
Ruth made his Major League debut as a left handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1914 before being traded to the Yankees in 1920. With the Yankees, his primary position was in the outfield. His final season in 1935 was with the Boston Braves, with the hope of becoming the team’s manager the next year. However his reputation for excessive drinking, gambling, and womanizing.
 
Ruth died  in 1948 from throat cancer. His body lay in state at Yankee Stadium for two days and he was visited by over 100,000 fans.

Source: History.com, Wikipedia - Babe Ruth

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