Today in Sports History: August 16

In 1927, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth teed off Tommy Thomas in the 5th inning to hit his first HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago. New York beat the White Sox, 8-1. One of the most recognized names in the game of baseball, Ruth led a long 22 season career playing for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and the Atlanta Braves. Ruth began his career as a pitcher, but established his dominance as a hard slugging outfielder for the Yankees. 

In his career, Ruth hit 714 home runs, which ranks him no. 3 on the Career Leaders List for most home runs. The legendary baseball player led the Boston Red Sox to three World Series titles in 1915, 1916, and 1918. Joining the Yankees in 1920, Ruth won four more titles in 1923, 1927, 1928, and 1932. A 12x AL home run leader, Ruth maintained a .342 career batting average. Ruth was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a first ballot in 1936, and his no. 3 is retired by the New York Yankees.

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