Babe Ruth had a challenging childhood. He was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore at the age of 7 after his parents couldn't care for him.
Babe Ruth's birth name was George Herman Ruth Jr. He earned the nickname "Babe" during his time at St. Mary's.
While Ruth is famous for his power hitting, he began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. It was only later that he transitioned to being an outfielder and became renowned for his home run prowess.
Babe Ruth's first wife was Helen Woodford, whom he married in 1914. They had a tumultuous relationship, which eventually ended in divorce in 1925.
After his divorce from Helen, Ruth married Claire Merritt Hodgson in 1929. This marriage lasted until Ruth's death in 1948, making Claire his long-time companion and widow.
Babe and Claire Ruth adopted a daughter named Julia in 1930. Julia became an important part of their lives and added a sense of stability to Ruth's often tumultuous world.
Babe Ruth was known for his love of hot dogs. He even owned a share of a restaurant called "Ruth's Place" that served hot dogs.
Ruth was involved in various charitable endeavors throughout his life. He often visited hospitals to spend time with sick children and raised funds for numerous charitable causes.
In addition to his baseball prowess, Ruth was known for his impressive appetite. He could consume enormous quantities of food and was even known to participate in eating contests.
Babe Ruth made appearances in several films during his career, including "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942), where he played himself.