Babe Ruth Essay

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Baseball in the 1920’s was the past time of America and was the most viewed sport during this time period. In 1914, Joe Dunn owner of the Baltimore Orioles signed Babe Ruth. A teammate of his called him “Jacks newest babe.” The nickname stuck to him, and he is now known as Babe Ruth. Ruth is considered to be the best baseball player to have ever played the game. He is best known for his hitting ability. Life in general for Babe Ruth was not considered easy in any way, but it was a lifestyle he chose for himself at a very young age.
George Herman Ruth Jr. was born on February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in poverty, which was common in that time period. His parents Kate and George Ruth were self-employed tavern workers. According …show more content…

The Red Sox’s had financial problems and needed money as fast as they could. The choice they made was to sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The two teams agreed on a deal in 1919 to buy Ruth for 100,000, which in today’s market is roughly around 1.3 million dollars. In 1919, 100,000 for a baseball player was an insane amount of money. According to a study by The Associated Press, on March 31st 2015 stated, “The average salary when Opening Day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million barrier for the first time” (ESPN). The amount of money associated with baseball has changed drastically, but the game has not. Babe Ruth’s lifestyle changed incredibly when he signed his deal with the Yankees and allowed him to do whatever he wanted to do financially, which was different because he grew up very poor.
Although Ruth was a star on the field, off the field he was known for being a completely different person. He stayed out late missing curfews and enjoyed drinking. His actions off the field got him in trouble with the Major League. He was married to his wife Helen and did not have a good relationship with her because of his bad habits and actions. Helen and Ruth split up, he then later married a model. His bad decisions effected stayed with him forever. He missed his dream chances of being a manager because no one wanted to take responsibility for him incase he created a bad reputation for the ball

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