Babe Ruthby 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 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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