One hundred years ago Babe Ruth became a professional baseball player. In February 1914, he left Baltimore's Saint Mary's Industrial School to join the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. That year he pitched for the Orioles, Providence Grays and the major league Boston Red Sox. Although he was an excellent pitcher, Babe Ruth is best known as a home run hitter especially during the years he played for the New York Yankees from 1920-1934. ...Shoken has generously shared the results of his research - a ten-part series titled "A Broken Home at Camden Yards: Babe Ruth's Early Life in Baltimore" on his blog, Babe Ruth 100.
As a local Baltimore historian and baseball fan, I have long been interested in Babe Ruth's early years in Baltimore. Although dozens of Babe Ruth biographies have been published, his life prior to 1914 has not been well-documented. ... Through newspaper articles, court records and other resources, I have been able to uncover new facts about Babe Ruth's early life in Baltimore.
In my research on the 1918 Red Sox, I found a photo of George Ruth as a seven-year-old, his age when his parents first turned him over to the Xaverian Brothers at Saint Mary's. The future greatest baseball player of all-time is on the right.