Ukpoma Kelly Odianosen 3rd of March 2014.
The Amazing Babe Ruth
Ukpoma Kelly Odianosen
Minnesota State University, Mankato
George Herman Ruth, Jr. best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat", He was born on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland to parents George Sr. and Kate. George Jr. was one of eight children, although only he and his sister Mamie survived. George Jr.’s parents worked long hours, leaving little time to watch over him and his sister and he was an American Major League baseball player from 1914–1935. Ruth originally broke into the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder and subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters. Ruth was a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup that won seven pennants and four World Series titles during his tenure with the team. After a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935, Ruth retired. In 1936, Ruth became one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. “The details of his childhood however are at best sketchy, relying on hazing memory and anecdote to back up many of the claims and stories. During his life and after his death, so much was written about Babe Ruth that it is hard to know what is real and what is myth. Babe himself was sometimes unreliable, saying one thing at one time and another thing later. With so few facts to go on, writers tend to make up some details, and, as always when stories are repeated, there is a lot of exaggeration. It was confidently reported, for example that the Babe was an orphan. Or that his name wasn’t Ruth. There was even confusion over when he was born. Throughout most of his life, Ruth thought he was born on February 7, 1894, and he always celebrated his birthday on that date. Yet in 1934, when he applied for a passport to travel to japan on his first trip outside North America, the copy of his birth certificate that was sent to him from Baltimore said he was born on February 6, 1895. Ruth ignored the new date and continued to celebrate his birthday on February 7. As for discrepancy in the year, he would say, “What difference does it make?” According to Wilborn Hampton (2009), “Babe Ruth was not consistent with his age.” (p. 21-22) “He was named after his father, a German saloon keeper. His mother, who was Irish-German, had eight children and died in 1912. His father died in 1918 in a fight with a bartender he caught stealing from the till. Ruth was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys at the age of seven where he learned to play baseball from Brother Matthias, a giant of a man standing six feet, six inches tall weighing 250 pounds and pigeon-toed. Ruth admired the big man and it was from him that he learned to run in his pigeon-toed fashion, not because of the big frame he carried on thin legs, as many people believed” According to John. S. Babbit, (1995), Ruth discovered his love for baseball when he met Brother Matthias and he admired his passion for baseball. (p.1) Brother Matthias was born Martin L. Boutlier on July 11, 1872, at lingan, cape Breton, Canada. He was an extremely well –coordinated and athletic child and grew into a giant of a young man. Yet for all his imposing physical appearance, he was a mild-mannered, soft-spoken, and patient man who walked...