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The Childhood of Babe Ruth
New York City 1915: Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore Maryland. His real name was George Herman, but later on became known as Babe Ruth. His parents George Sr. and Kate had 8 children, but only 2 survived and grew up. George survived and his younger sister. His mom Kate had a Irish and German background. His dad George was a saloon keeper of the German descent. Babe's parents both worked at a local tavern. They both worked very long hours and that didn't leave much time to raise their children and have family time. Babe wasn't you goody too shoes type of kid, he made it really hard for his parents to parent him. By age 7 George was running around the streets of Baltimore. He would constantly be getting in trouble. He got most of his habits from dock workers. He would throw tomatoes at police, get into minor fights, and sometimes he would be found chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol. The parents were having lots of trouble controlling George, so in 1902 they decided to send him to St. Mary's Industrial school just for boys. This school was ran by Xaverian Brothers. This school was kind of like a orphanage trade and a reform school. This school was very strict. Babe had a part of him that was discovered more recently.
They found out that he had ADHD. When they found this out it answered why he was so ornery as a child and sometimes as an adult. Although his ADHD played a big role in baseball for him because when he found what he loved which was baseball, ADHD enhanced his skills in baseball and since he could focus so much it helped him out tremendously. At St. Mary's is where his behaviors really change. This is where he found two very important influences in his life. He found brother Mathias(a mentor at the school) and he found his key to greatness, baseball. In 1914 Ruth started to get discovered by the Baltimore Orioles. After the Orioles scouted Ruth they wanted him on the team, but Ruth needed a legal guardian since he was only 18. So he had Jack Dunn(The Orioles General Manager) become his legal guardian, then he signed and became a true Oriole. Ruth was the young one on the team and decided to stick around Jack. The first time Ruth went to the mound during spring training one of the players yelled out "Look at Dunnie and his new babe" and over time the name babe stuck with Ruth and that's how he became Babe Ruth. http://www.baberuthcentral.com/babe-ruth-biography/ruths-childhood/
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