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Babe Ruth

George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe Ruth, was arguably the greatest player in the history of baseball. His ability to hit home runs helped turn the game into the American national pastime in the 1920s and 30s, and two of his records stood for more than 30 years. In 1936, Babe Ruth became the second player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. What is the origin of his nickname, "Babe"? More...
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How Babe Got His Nickname

So how did Babe get his nickname? At the age of 7, Babe began living at St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore. This orphanage was run by Catholic monks who were very strict. So, St. Mary’s surely couldn’t be WHERE Babe got his nickname.
In fact, St. Mary’s is probably a big reason WHY Babe did get his nickname. That’s because, not only was St. Mary’s a very strict and disciplined place, but the boys who lived there didn’t get to see a lot of Baltimore, let alone the country, as they typically didn’t get outside the school grounds that much.
Well, one day in 1914, young George had a visitor by the name of Jack Dunn, who owned the local professional baseball team – the Baltimore Orioles (at that time, the Orioles were only a semi-professional baseball team). He had heard about Babe’s playing abilities and came to see for himself just how good he was.
Mr. Dunn was impressed — so impressed that he signed George to a contract shortly after seeing him play. George had just turned 19 and, due to the laws at that time, Mr. Dunn needed to sign papers which made him Babe’s legal guardian.
When George joined the Orioles, he was very excited, but also very nervous because he hadn’t really lived outside of St. Mary’s School since he was 7. After all, he was now back out in the “real world” after nearly 12 years at St. Mary’s. Can you imagine what Babe must have felt like? And, playing for a professional baseball team, no less!
In the first weeks in the real world, Babe didn’t know what to do with himself besides play baseball. He also didn’t really know how to act with people. He had been used to always following the orders that were given to him by the monks at St. Mary’s. And, his only friends had been some of the other boys at St. Mary’s.
So, George looked to his manager and legal guardian, Jack Dunn, for his new “orders” and George followed him around everywhere. The other players thought this was very funny and they’d say, “There’s Jack with his newest babe.”
The name “Babe” stuck, and over time as a baseball player, he became known as “Babe Ruth,” a name that everyone would recognize all over the world. And, Babe quickly became comfortable with his new life and didn’t need to follow Mr. Dunn around anymore. Babe would soon become a baseball superstar, as we all know today. Check out his Records to see just how good he was.
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What a wonderful article. Brought back memories of a brother 'Rotarian', Dr. Arthur Wolstein, who celebrated his 100th birthday at Yankee Stadium in 2014 where he was honored will a billboard 2 yrs. in a row. Arthur was an avid "Babe Ruth" fan his entire life.....for he was at Yankee Stadium in 1920 when Babe began playing and hit a home run.

I had the pleasure of being his sister 'Rotarian' since 1992, and at Rotary meetings which he attended up to 4 days before his passing. A vet, a podiatrist, a loving husband, father and grandpa, passed away quietly two weeks ago leaving a legacy we will not soon forget, and a love for Babe Ruth and the Yankees...Arthur, Till we see you in Glory
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I find it very sad that there are not the quality of ball players out there today, as the Babe was a true hero to many... NOW THEY MUST RECEIVE ENORMIOUS SALERIES, AND MANY ARE TAKING INHANCEMENT DRUGS. I was an athlete in my youth and continued into present day; down hill skier, long distance runner, weightlifting and biking, but did it for the sport not the pay; even though I did become a ski school director. I do believe much of the problems facing the athletes' today comes from the "business world", which is as corrupt as ever, as they taint everything they touch.
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Baby Ruth is an American candy bar made of peanuts, caramel and chocolate-flavored nougat covered in compound chocolate. It is owned by the Swiss company Nestlé.

In 1921, the Curtiss Candy Company refashioned its Kandy Kake into the Baby Ruth. The bar was a staple of the Chicago-based company for some seven decades. Curtiss was purchased by Nabisco in 1981. In 1990, RJR Nabisco sold the Curtiss brands to Nestlé.

Although the name of the candy bar sounds like the name of the famous baseball player Babe Ruth, the Curtiss Candy Company traditionally claimed that it was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland. The candy maker, located on the same street as Wrigley Field, named the bar "Baby Ruth" in 1921, as Babe Ruth's fame was on the rise, over 30 years after Cleveland had left the White House, and 17 years after his daughter, Ruth, had died. The company did not negotiate an endorsement deal with Ruth, and many saw the company's story about the origin of the name to be a devious way to avoid having to pay the baseball player any royalties. Curtiss successfully shut down a rival bar that was approved by, and named for, Ruth, on the grounds that the names were too similar

Lifted from the Wikipedia article: Baby Ruth
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