Babe Ruth was a trailblazer for the game of baseball.
He is best known for being the key piece that went from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in the trade that began the “Curse of the Bambino.”
Ruth began his career as a pitcher with the Red Sox, but transitioned to an outfield role with the Yankees.
Regardless, he was a legend for both ballclubs.
With the Yankees, he set the original home run record and became the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game.
On this day in 1895, Ruth was born in Baltimore.
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The old Yankee Stadium was commonly referred to as “The house that Ruth built.”
He was on hand for four of the Yankees’ 27 World Series titles after winning three rings with the Red Sox.
Ruth had a career WAR of 183.1 and hit for a lifetime average of .342.
He was the original home run king, having hit a total of 714.
That record was ultimately broken by Hank Aaron.
But Ruth is one of the most important players in Yankees history.
The slugger won an MVP Award, a batting title, and was a two-time All-Star.
One of Ruth’s signature moments came during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, when he pointed his finger out to center field at Wrigley Field and promptly hit a home run to that exact spot.
“The Babe” finished his MLB career in 1935, playing his final season with the Boston Braves after six years with the Red Sox and 15 years with the Yankees.NEXT: New Yankees Executive Discusses His Return To MLB