Payton's Babe Ruth Essay

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Is it a bird... is it a plane... it's a baseball! The game of baseball was invented by a person by the name of Abner Doubleday in 1839. Since then, baseball has become competitive, exciting and full of memorable moments. Baseball is one of America's most popular sports. It takes skilled players to make the game entertaining and fun. Some skilled players include: Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Stan Musial. But none of these players are as good as Babe Ruth. George Herman Ruth was born on February 6, 1895 in a small house in Baltimore, Maryland. George grew up a bum, living on the streets of the Baltimore waterfront. George was a disrespectful kid that always ran away ...view middle of the document...

Babe Ruth was the main pitcher of the team. In his first game against the Buffaloes, Babe pitched and eventually won 6-0. The following day, Babe hit a triple, which was his only time up to bat. This new face for the Orioles started to attract large amounts of people. But even though they were in first place, there would still only be around 150 people watching. This is because the newest minor league team, the Federal League, literally had their stadium across the street. Because of this, the Orioles almost went bankrupt and started to sell their players. One of these players were Babe Ruth. Babe was wanted by several major league teams, but the team that received him was the Boston Red Sox. After only ten months of playing baseball, Babe Ruth was in the majors.
Babe Ruth had many achievements in his rookie year. In his first game, Babe pitched and helped beat the Indians 4-3. In Babe's first at bat, he struck out, but he never gave up on himself. In his whole career, he would strike out two out of three times. But in every game, he would always get a hit. Ruth was the star pitcher for the Red Sox. He soon had the Red Sox fans on the edge of their seats with his amazing pitching skills. He brought thousands to the stadium and quickly became the face of the Red Sox. Fans of all ages adored him and never lost hope in the Babe. He became the idol of many children and always tried to inspire his teammates. When Babe hit his first home run on May 6 1915, he brought even more popularity for the Red Sox. Babe was now the best pitcher that could hit the farthest. His teammates were so jealous that one day, they took all of Ruth's bats and sawed them in half. They were checking to see if Babe's bats had cork in them which would help him swing faster. All the bats were not corked, but the Babe never looked at his teammates the same way again. His teammates did not even want to sit next to him in the dugout. This made Babe feel lonely and depressed, but not too long later, he found the perfect woman. Her name was Helen Woodford, a 16 year old waitress that worked in a hotel that Babe was staying in. A few months later, they were married and quickly adopted a little girl named Dorthy. Ruth was only 20 years old in his rookie year and already was feared by all the players in the league.
Babe Ruth's career was astounding. In 1915 and 1916, the Red Sox won the championship. In 1916, Babe Ruth was involved with 23 wins and had an earned run average of only 1.75 which was a new record. Later that year, the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 2-1 to win the World Series....

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