Today in Sports History: March 4

In 1927, American baseball player, Babe Ruth became the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball. He signed a 3-year, $70,000 contract with the New York Yankees. Ruth played 22 seasons, starting in 1914-1919 for the Boston Red Sox, then the New York Yankees from 1920-1934, and the Atlanta Braves in 1935. 

Throughout his career, he played a total of 2,503 games, had 8,399 at-bats, 2,174 Runs, 2,873 hits, and 714 Home Runs. He had a batting average of .342, on base percentage of .474, and slugging percentage of .690. 

He was a 2x All-Star in 1933 and 1934, American League Most Valuable Player in 1923, 7x World Series champion in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, and 1932. After Ruth retired, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 for his career accomplishments. The New York Yankees retired his number, 3, in 1948 and Ruth is a part of the MLB All-Century Team. Both the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated named him the Athlete of the 20th Century. Also, Ruth was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 from U.S. President Donald Trump.

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