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Babe RuthBabe Ruth

Before there were sports tars there was Babe Ruth. Still to this day, no matter what the career totals say, Ruth’s home run every 11.8 at-bats is still the best ever and for that reason he is still regarded as the king of the long ball. Ruth smashed 714 home runs in his career and in 1927 became the first player in history to his 60 home runs. He was hitting more home runs in a season than some teams hit as a whole. Ruth led the Major Leagues in home runs 12 times, RBIs11 times and had the best slugging percentage 14 times. It seems crazy that Ruth was only an AL MVP one time, taking it in 1923, but he won seven World Series with the New York Yankees and was the centerpiece of the lineup considered “Murderer’s Row”. Not only was Ruth considered the greatest hitter in baseball history, he was a great pitcher as well. Ruth went 94-46 in his career and posted an impressive 2.28 ERA with 488 strikeouts. In 1916 he led the league with a 1.74 ERA with a league-best nine shutouts and a league-high 40 starts. Ruth was a member of the first class to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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