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This Day in History : Babe Ruth's Major League Debut


Photo from the Bain Collection at the Library of Congress

99 years ago today, the Sultan of Swat made his Major League debut, not in his familiar Yankee pinstripes, but as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. On July 11, 1914 Ruth pitched seven innings, leading the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. He stayed in the Boston system until 1919, when his contract was sold just after Christmas to the New York Yankees. Ruth played as an outfielder for the Yankees from 1920 until 1934.

Ruth has a career batting average of .342, with 714 home runs and 2,873 RBIs. He made two All-Star appearances, was a 12 time American League home run champion, and a six time AL RBI champion. To learn more about the Bambino, visit your Milwaukee Public Library.


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