From Foster to Famous: Babe Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr.(1895 – 1908) is the most legendary name in baseball.

Before this superstar got his start though, the Baltimore-born “Sultan of Swat” was known in his childhood neighborhood as a bit of a bad apple.

After his mother became ill, Ruth’s father opened a saloon and moved the family residence to the apartment above. The setting proved to be a bad influence for on young Ruth.

He was sent to live at Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage.

According to some accounts, his placement at St. Mary’s was due in part to repeatedly breaking Baltimore’s windows with long hits while playing street ball. It was at Mary’s that Ruth passion for the sport grew.

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