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.