One of the most iconic figures in the history of baseball, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, retired in 1935. Born on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland, Ruth’s exceptional career in baseball spanned over two decades and saw him playing for three teams: the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Boston Braves.
Ruth began his professional career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1914. However, he became best known for his incredible hitting ability after he was sold to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season. During his tenure with the Yankees, Ruth led the team to multiple World Series titles and set numerous records, many of which stood for decades.
At the end of his career, Ruth returned to Boston, this time to play for the Boston Braves. His final season was in 1935, and he officially retired on June 2 of that year. Despite declining health and physical abilities, Ruth was able to demonstrate flashes of his legendary prowess in this final season, including hitting three home runs in one game on May 25, 1935.
Ruth’s impact on baseball extended well beyond his playing years. His power-hitting style helped popularize baseball and ushered in a new era of the sport known as the live-ball era. Today, Babe Ruth is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and his influence on the sport is still felt nearly a century after his retirement.