Great Baseball Nicknames:- ‘Babe’/’The Bambino’/ ‘The Sultan Of Swat’/ ‘Jidge’- ‘The Big Bam’- George Ruth.
Those are just a few of the nicknames that the greatest baseball player of all time- George Herman Ruth was given during his lifetime.
Ruth got the nickname ‘Babe’ during his first spring training with the Baltimore Orioles [ a minor league team from Ruth’s home town of Baltimore- that he first signed with]- He had been signed at 19 by Orioles manager Jack Dunn- and during his first spring training they stopped on the way to Florida- in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The players teased Ruth about being Dunn’s new ‘baby’- the nickname was shorted to “Babe’- and it stuck.
‘Jidge’- is a nicknames many teammates over the years called him- a play on his birth name of George.
‘The Sultan Of Swat-‘ given to him- for his home run power.
‘The Big Bam’- and “The Bambino’- teammates also called him ‘The Big Bam’- which morphed into ‘The Bambino.’
He had many other nicknames given to him by newspaper men. There has never been a more colorful athlete. If I could go back in time I would go back and see him play- everyone loved The Babe.
I sure wish it was more film on him. Seeing him had to be a treat…homerun or strike out… either one would be entertaining.
Never knew where that nickname “babe” came from. For me, the greatest player ever… I mean,hitting 60 homers when other stars were hitting 15-20 is something… doing it (playing at that level, not necessarily 60HR) for ten or more years is another. doing it while being an ace pitcher too- well, that’s not something Mays or Bonds could do! If Shoheil Ohtani stays healthy and lives up to his potential, that’ll be something. If he does it every year to about 2035, the Babe might have company.
The Babe also gets my vote for GOAT- a no-brainer.
Im calling everybody kid since you told me the Babe story.
how do they react?
I have a couple 80 plus neighbors, they loved it.