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Quotes by Babe Ruth

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Wikipedia Summary for Babe Ruth

George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a star left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the last two still stand as of 2021. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

At age seven, Ruth was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he was mentored by Brother Matthias Boutlier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school's disciplinarian and a capable baseball player. In 1914, Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles but was soon sold to the Red Sox. By 1916, he had built a reputation as an outstanding pitcher who sometimes hit long home runs, a feat unusual for any player in the pre-1920 dead-ball era. Although Ruth twice won 23 games in a season as a pitcher and was a member of three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox, he wanted to play every day and was allowed to convert to an outfielder. With regular playing time, he broke the MLB single-season home run record in 1919.

After that season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees amid controversy. The trade fueled Boston's subsequent 86-year championship drought and popularized the "Curse of the Bambino" superstition. In his 15 years with the Yankees, Ruth helped the team win seven American League (AL) pennants and four World Series championships. His big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only drew fans to the ballpark and boosted the sport's popularity but also helped usher in baseball's live-ball era, which evolved from a low-scoring game of strategy to a sport where the home run was a major factor. As part of the Yankees' vaunted "Murderers' Row" lineup of 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs, which extended his MLB single-season record by a single home run. Ruth's last season with the Yankees was 1934; he retired from the game the following year, after a short stint with the Boston Braves. During his career, Ruth led the AL in home runs during a season 12 times.

During Ruth's career, he was the target of intense press and public attention for his baseball exploits and off-field penchants for drinking and womanizing. After his retirement as a player, he was denied the opportunity to manage a major league club, most likely due to poor behavior during parts of his playing career. In his final years, Ruth made many public appearances, especially in support of American efforts in World War II. In 1946, he became ill with nasopharyngeal cancer and died from the disease two years later. Ruth remains a part of American culture, and in 2018 President Donald Trump posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Quote: Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on white wall
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Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.


Quote: You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.


Quote: I don't need to know where the green is. Where is the golf course? by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I don't need to know where the green is. Where is the golf course?


Quote: If you want to hit home runs, you've go to swing a lot. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

If you want to hit home runs, you've go to swing a lot.


Quote: Every Strike is one step closer to a Home Run. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Every Strike is one step closer to a Home Run.


Quote: A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It's business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of Babe Ruth quote: A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It's business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.- black text on quotes background

A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don't make any difference if it's baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It's business, I tell you. There ain't no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.


Quote: They started something here, and the kids are keeping the ball rolling. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

They started something here, and the kids are keeping the ball rolling.


Quote: You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth -- that means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth -- that means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.


Quote: I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter.


Quote: What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs.


Quote: I don't give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don't play! by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I don't give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don't play!




Quote: Each strikeout brings me closer to my next homerun. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Each strikeout brings me closer to my next homerun.


Quote: I'm going over the valley. (Dying from throat cancer, his doctor found him wandering around his room, asked him where was he going?). by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I'm going over the valley. (Dying from throat cancer, his doctor found him wandering around his room, asked him where was he going?).


Quote: I'd play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I'd play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time.


Quote: I only have one superstition: I make sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I only have one superstition: I make sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.


Quote: I'm only going one way. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I'm only going one way.


Quote: After all, there's only one aswer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: Pick out a good one and sock it! by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

After all, there's only one aswer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: Pick out a good one and sock it!


Quote: The most important thing that a young athlete must do it pick the right sport. Not one that they like just a little bit, but one that they love. Because,if they don't really love their sport, they won't work as hard as they should. Me? I loved to hit. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

The most important thing that a young athlete must do it pick the right sport. Not one that they like just a little bit, but one that they love. Because,if they don't really love their sport, they won't work as hard as they should. Me? I loved to hit.


Quote: What the hell difference does it make? by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

What the hell difference does it make?


Quote: It's hard to beat a person that never gives up. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

It's hard to beat a person that never gives up.




Quote: What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did.


Quote: What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me -- all this I owe to the game of baseball. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me -- all this I owe to the game of baseball.


Quote: Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.


Quote: I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.


Quote: Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.


Quote: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.


Quote: Paris ain't much of a town. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Paris ain't much of a town.


Quote: Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit.


Quote: All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.


Quote: Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.


Quote: Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.


Quote: If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. I have the same violent temper my father and older brother had. Both died of injuries from street fights in Baltimore, fights begun by flare-ups of their tempers.


Quote: Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do.


Quote: Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.


Quote: I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.


Quote: Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see? by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?


Quote: I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.


Quote: I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.


Quote: I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.


Quote: All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don't know except it looked good.


Quote: Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading. by author Babe Ruth overlaid on photo of photo of author Babe Ruth with quote

Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading.


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