Babe's Dream statue

Babes Dream statue, Baltimore, public art

Public Art: Babe's Dream statue

Sculptor: © Susan Luery

Sculptor's Website: www.susanluery.com

Description: The 16ft (4.9m) bronze statue of George Herman Ruth, better known as the famous New York Yankee baseball player Babe Ruth, depicted as a young rookie dreaming of playing for the major leagues. Yes, Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore.

Sculptor's Statement :  “He’s facing out – he had everything in front of him. Ruth’s career rose pretty much straight into the record books from there.”

Date Unveiled: 1998

Location: The statue of Babe Ruth is located at West Camden Street and South Eutaw Street, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Trivia: 

For avid Babe Ruth fans there is one glaring mistake on the statue. Babe Ruth holds the wrong fielders glove, he threw with his left hand. 

Who Was babe Ruth? Babe Ruth was an American baseball outfielder, batter and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Despite starting his career as a left handed pitcher his fame came as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees.

George Herman Ruth was born in Baltimore on the 6th of February, 1895. The young "Babe" was quite the handful. So much so that his parents, at their wits end, decided to send him to  St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys for "straightening out" at the age of seven. This decison would set Ruth on the path to baseball and eventual fame. He learned a lot of his baseball skills from Brother Matthias Boutlier, the school's disciplinarian.

In 1914 Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. Two years later he was sold to the Red Sox as a pitcher with the ability to hit long home runs.

In 1919 Ruth was sold to the Yankees. There he helped them win seven league championships and four World Series championships. But more importantly his power hitting changed the face of baseball. Gone were the low scoring game strategy and in was the big hits and home runs.

Babe Ruth was not only famed for his exploits on the field but his personal life of drinking and womanizing became legendary too. Unfortunately, this hinder his involvement in the sport following his retirement in 1935.

Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in 1946 and died 2 years later.

Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture, and arguably the greatest baseball player of all time.

 

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