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Babe Ruth
     

Babe Ruth

by Tracy Brown Collins
 
Mention "the Babe" and everyone knows who he is, even 80 years after the peak of his career. Rising from a hardscrabble youth on the streets of Baltimore, Babe Ruth became one of the most loved baseball players of all time. He began his career with the Boston Red Sox and in 1920 was sold to the New York Yankees. The sale is said to have "cursed" the Red Sox, and his

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Mention "the Babe" and everyone knows who he is, even 80 years after the peak of his career. Rising from a hardscrabble youth on the streets of Baltimore, Babe Ruth became one of the most loved baseball players of all time. He began his career with the Boston Red Sox and in 1920 was sold to the New York Yankees. The sale is said to have "cursed" the Red Sox, and his arrival in New York led to the first of many Yankee dynasties. Boisterous and larger than life, Ruth packed the ballparks of the 1920s as he pounded out home run after home run-714 in all, a record that would stand for decades. All those home runs left another mark on baseball, too, as fans began to celebrate power and power hitters.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
This "Baseball Superstars" series volume tells how sports icon George Herman Ruth, born at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1895, first displayed baseball prowess on a St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys team. Acknowledging many stories about Ruth are unverified, this book speculates about such issues as Ruth's nickname source and circumstances regarding his first baseball contract in 1914 with the minor league Baltimore Orioles. Later that season, the Boston Red Sox acquired Ruth. His pitching in major league games helped that team win the 1915 and 1916 World Series. The New York Yankees bought Ruth, whose celebrity expanded playing for that team starting in 1920. Ruth's powerful hits and personality attracted crowds, with ticket purchases generating sufficient revenue to construct Yankee Stadium, and influenced new playing strategies. Ruth played for the Yankees through 1934. He established records (714 home runs) that modern players strive to match and was among the initial National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936. This biography portrays Ruth's generosity but also addresses his self-destructive indulgences. Illustrations include Ruth's 1914 baseball card. Information in the book includes Ruth's overall and pitching statistics, sidebars, chronology, and a glossary, bibliography, and list of suggested web sites, but endnotes and supplement titles are not included. No figures estimating current values of Ruth's salaries are provided to help readers comprehend his wealth. Jean L.S. Patrick's The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (2000) describes an event this book ignores. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791095706
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Baseball Superstars Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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