16. Babe Ruth
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, MD USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: July 11, 1914
  • Final Game: May 30, 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
  • Most Valuable Player - 1923
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • TSN All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • TSN All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • TSN All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • TSN All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • TSN All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1931
  • TSN All-Star - 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
 
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We are guessing that some of you are thinking that we are insane on this one. 

Frankly, we thought we were too.

We will defend this rank with a straightforward fact.

Babe Ruth is the only player on any Major League Team to be in the top 40 in bWAR as a Position Player and as a Pitcher.  Remember, this is not just any team.  This is the Boston Red Sox, who have been around since the beginning of the American League.  Is this not one of the most outstanding accomplishments ever?

While everyone will always think of Ruth as a hitter and Yankee first, he was a Red Sox Pitcher first, and a very good one at that.  Debuting for Boston in 1914, Ruth broke out in 1915 with am 18-8 record and a 2.44 ERA.  While he did not pitch in that post-season, the Red Sox won the World Series that year. 

Ruth would have his best season as a Pitcher in 1916 and had there been a Pitcher of the Year accolade that season, and he would have been in serious contention for it.  Ruth went 23-12 with a league-leading 1.75 ERA.  The Red Sox would win another World Series, though this time, he participated winning a game, and posting a 0.64 ERA over 14.0 Innings.  Ruth would go 24-13 with a 2.01 ERA in 1917.

By this time, it was no secret that he was a good hitter.  He transitioned from Pitcher to Outfielder in 1918.  He threw in 20 Games (13-7, 2.22 ERA), and with his bat, he had 382 Plate Appearances leading the league in Home Runs (11) and Slugging (.555).  The Sox also would win the World Series again, this one being Ruth's third, and he would win two Games.  In 1919, he still pitched a bit (17 Games), but the Red Sox wanted his bat in the lineup every day.  He had 29 Home Runs, which beat the previous record of 25 by Buck Freeman in 1899.  Ruth finished the season not only finishing first in Home Runs but also Runs Scored (103), RBIs (113), On Base Percentage (.4560, Slugging (.657) and bWAR (9.1).  This was nothing short of incredible!  So what happened next?

The owner of the Red Sox, Harry Frazee, allegedly was looking to finance his theatrical ambitions, and the New York Yankees swooped in and made an offer of $100,000 for Ruth.  That was a lot of money in 1919, but what would transpire would be the worst transaction in Red Sox history.  Ruth became the greatest hitter in the history of the Yanks, if not in all of baseball.  As for Boston, they would not win a World Series until 2004, thus lifting "The Curse of the Bambino."

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher, Outfield
  • Acquired: Purchased with Ernie Shore and Ben Egan from Baltimore (International League) for $25,000 7/9/14.
  • Departed: Purchased by the New York Yankees for $100,000 12/26/19.
  • Games Played: 391
  • Notable Statistics: 89 Wins
    46 Losses
    2.19 ERA
    143 Games Started
    105 Complete Games
    11 Games Finished
    4 Saves
    1,190.1 Innings Pitched
    483 Strikeouts
    2.76 FIP
    1.142 WHIP
    202 Runs
    342 Hits
    82 Doubles
    30 Triples
    49 Home Runs
    224 Runs Batted In
    13 Stolen Bases
    .308/.413/.568 Slash Line
    39.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1915, 1916 & 1918)
    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1919)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1919)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1918 & 1919)
    Highest OPS (1918 & 1919)
    Most Runs Scored (1919)
    Most Total Bases (1919)
    Most Home Runs (1918 & 1919)
    Most Runs Batted In (1919)
    Highest OPS+ (1919)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Leftfielder (1919)
    Lowest ERA (1916)
    Lowest H/9 (1916)
    Most Games Started (1916)
    Most Complete Games (1917)
    Highest ERA+ (1916)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1916 & 1918)

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