January 20, 2020
Babe Ruth: He Had Lots of Home Runs (and Lots of Strikeouts, Too)
Babe Ruth was, without question, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Babe began his Major League Baseball career as a 19-year-old pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but he could also hit long home runs. Since pitchers only played once every four or five days, Babe switched to the outfield so he could play every day and hit more homers.
In 1920, in the most famous baseball trade of all time, the Boston Red Sox sold Babe’s contract to the New York Yankees, a team that still plays in a part of the city called The Bronx. Babe promptly became the best hitter in baseball and the most famous sports personality of the 1920’s.
Babe Ruth was so popular that his name is still familiar to baseball fans and non-fans alike. In fact, the Baby Ruth candy bar, which was introduced in 1921, is still a popular (and tasty) treat today.
Babe Ruth set the major league record for home runs, but he also led the league in strikeouts. But Ruth didn’t worry too much about the strikeouts. He said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” So if you want to hit lots of home runs in the game of life, remember that strikeouts happen to everybody. Your job is to believe in yourself and keep swinging until you knock one out of the park.
Don’t Let the Fear of Striking Out Get in Your Way!
“If you have made a mistake, there is always another chance for you, forbecause this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
“The only person who never makes a mistake is the person who never does anything.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
About The Bronx, New York
It’s a Fact: Yankee Stadium is located in a part of New York City called The Bronx. When Babe Ruth became a New York Yankee and started hitting lots of home runs, the team’s nickname became “The Bronx Bombers,”
It’s a Fact: New York is made up of five separate areas called boroughs. They are: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
It’s a Fact: The Bronx Zoo is one of the largest zoos of its kind in the world.
It’s a Fact: About 1.4 million people live in the Bronx. If The Bronx were a separate city, it would be about the same size as San Diego, California.
Fun Fact: The capital of Greece is Athens.
Fun Fact: Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. In fact, it’s bigger than all the other planets put together.
Fun Fact: The largest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior, which is in the United States and Canada.
Fun Fact: The biggest river in America is the Mississippi.
Fun Fact: One meter is slightly more than 39 inches, which means it’s longer than a yard. A yard, by the way is 36 inches, which is the same as three feet.