Collegiate and Professional Sports




Between WWI and WWII, people followed sports to get their mind away from the adversity the Great Depression was bringing on to them. Many kept track of the latest entertainment, for example, sports. During those hard times, Babe Ruth became a sports superstar. He broke the pitching record of 29 2/3rds scoreless innings in his first World Series. In only three seasons, he had 94 wins and 46 losses. Also, he set the major league baseball record of 29 home runs.

He was traded off to the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox in 1918.In 1920, the Yankees attracted a million paying fans into their stadium which later became known as "The House Ruth Built". In the third game of the World Series in 1932, he was batting in the fifth inning with 2 strikes and 2 balls. He pointed at center field and shouted something at Root, and then hit the longest home run ever batted at Wrigley Field, 500 feet into the stands. Babe Ruth was one of the first 6 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In 1946, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his neck. On April 27, 1947, baseball fans honored him for Babe Ruth Day for all baseball leagues. When Ruth died in August 1948, more than 100,000 people paid respects at Yankee Stadium and at his funeral in NYC.

Even though times were hard, people dealt with the adversity between the war times by following entertainment such as sports.

Sources:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruthba01.shtml
http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1698.html



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