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Babe Ruth was an American baseball player. Born George Herman Ruth, at Baltimore, Md., February 6, 1895. Died New York, N.Y., August 16, 1948. Known as the Sultan of Swat and the Bambino, Babe Ruth was the greatest crowd attraction in baseball and the highest paid player of his time. Because of his home-run hitting ability, he helped change the nature and strategy of baseball from a low-scoring defensive game to a high-scoring offensive game. During his major league career of 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935, from 1920 onward with the New York Yankees, Ruth established many hitting records, while amassing a lifetime batting average of .342. He hit 729 home runs, including 15 in World Series competition, scored 2,174 runs, and batted in 2,204 runs. Ruth began his major league career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but was eventually moved to the outfield to take advantage of his hitting. Ruth was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.