Perhaps it is redundant to re-tell Babe Ruth’s life story, one so woven into the fabric of American mythology that it feels like a shared memory.
Then again, it would be irresponsible to exclude his name and his legend on a list purporting to exposit the game’s greatest Cinderella stories.
So, for accuracy’s sake, here goes:
George Herman Ruth came of age in a Baltimore orphanage, dispatched there by a father that had little time or money for child rearing. The priests there introduced young George to baseball, and he took an immediate liking to the sport.
Ruth’s greatest strength was his powerful left arm, which drew attention from scouts of the then-minor league Baltimore Orioles. After a short stint there, the Orioles traded his rights to the Boston Red Sox, whereupon he would become one of the game’s best left-handed pitchers over the next four seasons.
Had the story stopped there, it would have been a remarkable one.
Of course, it didn’t.
Ruth transitioned to the outfield, became the greatest hitter in league history, revived the New York Yankees, built a figurative house, prompted the game’s most important rule change, created modern celebrity and jumpstarted the golden age of professional sports.
Not bad Georgie boy, not bad at all.