Monday, October 24, 2011
474 - All-Time R.B.I. Leader (Babe Ruth)
Babe Ruth enjoyed an illustrious 22-year career from 1914 through 1935. Ruth started his career with the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher in 1914. Though by the time he left Boston, Ruth became one of the premier sluggers of his time. After his contract was purchased by the Yankees in 1920, the "Sultan of Swat" became the mythic icon of professional baseball. During his 15 seasons in New York, Ruth lead the American League in home runs 12 times and in RBI six times, lead the Yankees to their first four World Series championships and started in right field in the first two All-Star Games in baseball history. Ruth played his final season with the Boston Braves in 1935.
At the time of his retirement, Ruth held many of baseball's all-time records including most home runs, most RBI, most runs and most walks. He still holds the records currently for highest slugging percentage and highest OPS. In the year after his retirement, Ruth was one of five players elected to the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame.
Ruth passed away on August 16, 1948 at the age of 53.
About This Card
This 1973 card shows Babe Ruth with a career total of 2,209 RBI. (After historical scoring corrections, his RBI total would be updated to 2,213.) Just as Hank Aaron was approaching the home run record, he was also approaching Ruth's RBI record. Aaron would later surpass Hank Aaron's RBI mark in 1975.