The Sultan of Swat, the Bambino, even his name was a nickname: Babe. George Herman "Babe" Ruth is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. Ruth set career records for home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in, bases on balls and on-base plus slugging. He started his career as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, winning 3 World Series between 1915-1918. In 1919, Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees, winning 4 World Series between 1923 and 1932.) It was with the Yanks that Ruth's legend was born and his hitting prowess took center stage.
George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895--August 16, 1948), best known as 'Babe' Ruth and nicknamed 'the Bambino' and 'the Sultan of Swat', was an American baseball player who spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for three teams (1914_1935). Known for his hitting brilliance, Ruth set career records for home runs (714), slugging percentage (.690), runs batted in (RBI) (2,217), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164). Ruth originally entered the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder. He subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters and with his home run hitting prowess, he helped the Yankees win seven pennants and four World Series titles. Ruth retired in 1935 after a short stint with the Boston Braves, and the following year, he became one of the first five players to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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