Before Babe Ruth came along, the Yankees were considered one of the worst teams in baseball, not winning a single pennant or World Series title in their first 18 years.
After being sold to the Yankees in 1919, Ruth played for the team for 15 years. He gave hope to the crumbling franchise and changed the reputation of the New York Yankees forever.
Ruth already started to set records in his first season with the Yankees. He had a slugging average of .847, which was a record until 2001. He even hit his 139th home run in 1921, breaking Roger Connor’s record. He set records of total bases (457), extra base hits (119) and times on base (379), which have yet to be broken by any other player.
After injury and suspension, 1923 was a turnaround season for Ruth. He finished the season with a .393 batting average, a career high, and led in home runs. In the 1923 World Series against the Giants, Ruth batted a .368, hit three home runs, slugged 1.000 and brought the Yankees to their first World Series win.
In 1927, Ruth was part of the Murderer’s Row, a team that won the pennant by 19 games and won the World Series with a sweep over Pittsburgh. He even beat the home run record with 60 home runs that season. The Yankees played the Cardinals in the 1928 World Series and swept them, too.
The Bambino won seven pennants with the Yankees and four World Series titles. Overall Ruth had 2,518 hits, 1,971 RBI, 659 home runs and a batting average of .349 with New York. Many of his records have gone unbroken.
Despite Ruth’s behavior and menacing activity throughout his career, he is without a doubt the greatest baseball player in history. He took a struggling team with no hope to even win a pennant and actually gave them a chance. With the help of Gehrig, Mantle and other greats, Babe Ruth changed the game of baseball. He helped build a dynasty and a legacy, which continues to live on today.
The Yankees are the best team in baseball and it all started with the greatest hitter in baseball, Babe Ruth.