About Babe Ruth
Wearing a Babe Ruth jersey into the house that Ruth built, Yankees fans can settle into the stands knowing they are honoring one of the greatest players that ever lived as well as the man who put the Yankees on the map. While he may have played for other teams, during Ruth's years with the Yankees he was at the top of his game. Records he set during those years still stand and remain pipe dreams for modern players. Although he started out on the bottom of the heap in life, Ruth was never one to let adversity stand in his way. Born to a poor family in Baltimore, his family turned him over to a Catholic orphanage at the age of 7 as they didn't have time to care for him. Fortunately for the world of sports, one of the Brothers taught him the game.
The first Babe Ruth jersey was a Baltimore Orioles one. A minor league team where he was the youngest player and earned himself the life-long nickname, Babe. After a time with the Orioles, Babe went to the Boston Red Sox. He stayed there for nearly five years before being sold to the Yankees for money to finance the theatrical ambitions of the Red Sox owner. This move, which marked a turning point in Baseball History, is known as the Curse of the Bambino. Arriving at the Yankees, Ruth focused on being a power hitter rather than the pitcher and hitter combo he had been at the Red Sox. The official Babe Ruth jersey number for the Yankees was the now famous number three, assigned because he batted third in the lineup, just before Lou Gehrig.
During his days at the Yankees, Babe Ruth was a legend both on and off the field. His hitting numbers became milestones and springboards for him to consistently do better each season. His numbers got even better after the addition of Lou Gehrig to the team, because the two power hitters could challenge each other and gave pitchers an uncomfortable choice as they hit back to back. Ruth is known for his mammoth 60 homers in one season. He would hit more homeruns than any other team! Although A Babe Ruth jersey in those days was hard to come by, today they are worn all around the world by Baseball and Yankee fans alike. In the mid-1930s, Ruth's game started to decline. He was no longer able to knock down the balls as he had in the past, and he started to have managerial ambitions.
He wanted to hang up his player's Babe Ruth jersey in favor of a manager's cap. Unfortunately, the Yankees weren't interested in him as a manager and so he left the team and a few years later and went into retirement. He did radio programs and public appearances until his death from cancer in 1948. To honor the player and his contributions to the team, the New York Yankees retired the official Babe Ruth jersey number three. Replica jerseys are available with his number to let fans continue to support the team and the player. Named repeatedly to lists of the greatest sportsmen of all time, Babe Ruth's memory lives on and wearing his jersey is a great way for Yankees fans to show their love.