The Greatest player in baseball history- Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut on this day 98 years ago. He pitched 7 innings and got the win in a 4-3 victory over Cleveland. Ruth would begin his career at a pitcher for the Red Sox and by the age of 22 already had 2 20 game win seasons under his belt. He was a good enough of a pitcher that he would have probably been a hall of famer as a pitcher had he been a pitcher his entire career. He was such a powerful hitter that after a few years they would put him in the line-up as a hitter on the days he wasn’t pitching before shutting him down as a pitcher by late in the decade. His record as a pitcher 94 wins 46 losses with a 2.28 ERA. He pitched in 3 World Series games, 31 innings won all 3 games and an ERA of 0.87. Babe was an incredible athlete. On December 26th, 1919 the Red Sox sold The Babe to the Yankees and the rest is history.
There are a number of books out about Babe Ruth. The best being “Babe: The Legend Comes To Live” by Robert Creamer and the fairly recent book “The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth” by Leigh Montville.