Today in Sports History: October 9

In 1921, New York Yankees’ right fielder, Babe Ruth, hit his first World Series home run. 

Ruth played baseball for 22 seasons. He was drafted to the Boston Red Sox and played until 1919. Then he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1920 and played for them until 1934, and in 1935, he played for the Atlanta Braves.

Ruth 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, an on-base percentage of .474, and a slugging percentage of .690. 

He was a two-time All-Star in 1933 and 1934, American League Most Valuable Player in 1923, and seven-time 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. 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 by U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Unfortunately, Ruth passed from cancer, a little over a month after his final farewell, on August 16, 1948. 

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