1948 – The New York Yankees officially retired Babe Ruth’s #3 and sent it to the Hall of Fame
Debuted as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, winning 89 games over six seasons before being converted to the outfield because of his tremendous power.
In 1927, he outdid himself by hitting 60 home runs in a season’s time—a record that stood for 34 years. He was one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
August 16, 1948, Babe Ruth died, leaving much of his estate to the Babe Ruth Foundation for underprivileged children. He was survived by his second wife, Claire, and his daughters, Dorothy and Julia.
Fast Hitting Babe Ruth Facts:
- Threw and batted left handed
- Was sold to the Yankees for $120,000 in 1920
- A member of the inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees in 1936
- Babe Ruth was born George Herman Ruth Jr.