The Sultan of Swat takes the mound

On April 11, 1917, Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, Babe Ruth allowed three hits as he pitched for the Boston Red Sox in a 10-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

The Red Sox snagged a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Fritz MaiselWally Pipp and Home Run Baker rounded the bases for the Yankees, scoring the team’s only runs in the fourth.

Ruth went on to have a 24-13 season with six shutouts and a 2.01 ERA. He also maintained a .325 batting average, hitting to home runs.

Ruth was frequently found drinking, chewing tobacco and taunting police officers at the dockyards. His parents sent him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, an orphanage, at age 7 where he would get discipline he needed.

It was Brother Matthias, a monk Ruth looked up to, who introduced the young trouble-maker to baseball. Jack Dunn, owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, noticed the player who could pitch and hit. At the time the Orioles prepared players for the Red Sox.

The 19-year-old Ruth needed a legal guardian to sign papers allowing him to play professional baseball. Dunn became the legal guardian. Teammates were quick to start teasing, “Dunn’s new babe.” The nickname stuck as George Herman became known as The Babe.

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biography.com on Babe Ruth

Flashback to Ruth’s three-hitter

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