George Herman Ruth, better known as the Babe, has been considered one of the most gifted and popular men to ever play the game of baseball. Babe Ruth belonged to the Golden Age of Sport, one of the various names that dominated the roaring twenties. According to Robert Creamer, author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, “for more than any other man, Babe Ruth transcended sports, moved far beyond the artificial limits of baselines and outfield fences and sports pages.” (Schwartz, 2001)
George Herman Ruth was considered to be just another ordinary kid; however, that idea would be challenged today taking into account that by the age of seven he was involved in numerous altercations with the law. Babe was classified as “incorrigible”; and as a result custody of Babe was signed over to Xaverian Brothers Orphanage. As if that wasn’t bad enough for Babe, his parents and family never came to visit him. Brother Mathias was the main disciplinarian at the orphanage; he and Babe spent a lot of time together. Brother Mathias became the father figure that Babe never had. He is not only responsible for setting Babe straight and providing the guidance and support that Babe did not receive from his parents, but Brother
Thousands of people came to pay their final respects to their idol. 16) Babe was never one for making public appearances but never turned down a request to visit or help kids. Children had the same feeling for the Babe. And the Babe being the gentle giant he was never pushed them away. (Creamer 80) Babe began to play for the New York Yankees in 1920. On June 13, 1948 Babe made his last appearance at Yankee Stadium for the 25th anniversary of "The House That Ruth Built". He was always asked how does he hit so many homeruns Babe"tms answer to that question every time was, "I swing big. He had a superb ability to drive the ball. Babe promised he would hit a homer for the sick boy in his next game. Babe Ruth was visiting a children"tms hospital and made a promise to a sick, little boy. April 27, 1947 was declared "Babe Ruth Day". He never once forgot where he came from or tried to hide his roots. Because of his accomplishments Babe was named Player of the Year in both 1918 and 1919. And even though he is dead, his impact on baseball and on the people that had the honor of watching him will never die.