On February 6 Babe Ruth was born…

On February 6, 1895 legendary baseball player Babe Ruth was born. Ruth is often considered one, if not, the greatest Major League Baseball player of all time. He played 22 seasons as a baseball outfielder and pitcher, beginning his career for the Boston Red Sox, and later achieving greater fame during his time as part of the New York Yankees. During his 22 seasons he scored 714 home runs, had a .690 slugging percentage, and over 2000 runs batted in. He was one of the first baseball players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. 

Babe Ruth in 1918 during his time with the Boston Red Sox Library of Congress/AP

Babe Ruth in 1918 during his time with the Boston Red Sox
Library of Congress/AP

In 1946, he was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away in 1948 at the age of 53. Since his death he has become an American pop culture icon, as well as hailed as one of the greatest baseball players ever.

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