Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) Eighty years ago today, May 25, 1935, Boston Braves' slugger Babe Ruth* hit his 714th career home run setting a record not to be broken until almost 39 years later by Hammerin' Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves.
Ruth, batting against Pirate pitcher Guy Bush, hit his last career home run with nobody on base in the top of the 7th inning. Ten thousand spectators witnessed the historic event at Forbes Field here in Pittsburgh.
Almost forgotten in baseball history is the fact that Ruth's 714th dinger followed the 712th and 713th in the same game.
The Babe blasted his 712th against Pirate pitcher Red Lucas and both the 713th and 714th against Guy Bush. Ruth actually doubled his home run total for the year from 3 to 6 by the time the game ended.
*George Herman Ruth, Jr. (1895-1948) was born in Baltimore, MD where he attended St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. GHR was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1914 where the veteran players started calling him "Babe."
In 1919, GHR was sold to the NY Yankees where he would become the greatest major league player of all time. In 1920, he hit 54 home runs, in 1921, 59. In 1923, the Yanks opened a new ball park, "Yankee Stadium" & they called it "The House That Ruth Built."
In 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs, a record which would stand for 34 years. In 1935, GHR became a Boston Brave, but it would be his last year in baseball. At his retirement, the Babe held 56 major league records. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr.
Weight 215 lbs
Bats Left, Throws Left
Teams: Orioles, Yankees, Braves
Most homers off Rube Walberg, 17
HRs off Walter Johnson, 10
HRs off Lefty Grove, 9
HRs in Yankee Stadium, 259
Most HRs off Detroit Tigers pitching, 123
HR's batting against RHP, 499
HR's batting against LHP, 215
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"This Day in History, May 25," www.history.com/
George Herman "Babe" Ruth