This day in history: Babe Ruth retires

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'This Day in History': 06/2/1935 - Babe Ruth Retires

On June 2nd in 1935, Babe Ruth retired after playing 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. He hit the ball so fast and so hard, he was known as "The Sultan of Swat."

When Ruth retired, he was the career record-holder in home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and strikeouts.

Babe Ruth's real name was George Herman Ruth. He was first given his nickname "Babe" when he was with the Orioles, a veteran team populated by former major leaguers.

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Babe Ruth retires - June 2, 1935
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This day in history: Babe Ruth retires
Wearing uniforms of teams with which they played in their heyday, these three grand old men of baseball get together in Cleveland as managers and coaches of amateur teams of the Cleveland Baseball Federation sandlot group, July 27, 1941. Left to right are: Ty Cobb of the Tigers, Babe Ruth of the Yanks and Tris Speaker of the Indians. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - 1925. Babe Ruth greets fans in the outfield before a game in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1925. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
George H. (Babe) Ruth of the New York Yankees swinging a bat in 1926 . (Photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images)
Home run king Babe Ruth, wearing his famed number 3 uniform, bows as he acknowledges the cheers of thousands of fans who saw the no. 3 retired permanently by the Yankees during the June 13, 1948 observance of the 25th anniversary of the opening of Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
NEW YORK - 1927. The eyes of Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder, are presented in a photograph taken during the 1927 season. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Babe Ruth, vice-president and right fielder for the Boston Braves, sits in the dugout in Chicago before the game against the Cubs on May 21, 1935. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth is shown in a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1919. (AP Photo)
Hack Wilson of the Brooklyn Dodgers, left, Babe Ruth, center and Lou Gehrig, both of the New York Yankees, pose with their bats at an exhibition game in New York City, April 8, 1932. (AP Photo)
BABE RUTH at right with fellow New York Yankee idol Lou Gehrig about 1935.
Babe Ruth, baseball's top home run hitter, displayed his batting grip during exhibition appearance in New York's Yankee Stadium September 9, 1942. (AP Photo)
Baseball great Babe Ruth, in uniform, addressing crowd & press during final appearance at Yankee Stadium (shortly before death). (Photo by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Babe Ruth is shown in 1924 with kids in New York, passing on his love for the game of baseball. (AP Photo/The National Baseball Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.)
American baseball player Babe Ruth, center, is shown with his wife, Claire Ruth, right, and their daughter Julia after his arrival this afternoon at Croydon airport in London, England, Feb. 7, 1935. Ruth arrived by air from Paris where he was vacationing. (AP Photo)
George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895-1948), NY Yankees, Portrait, 1934. (Photo via Alamy)
American baseball player George Herman Ruth (1895 - 1948) known as 'Babe' Ruth. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
Caught on movie film, Babe Ruth throws during a practice session at Yankee Stadium, Aug. 21, 1942, two days before an exhibition at the stadium. The Bambino would be batting against former Washington Senators pitching star Walter Johnson in a benefit for the Army Navy Relief Fund. (AP Photo)
TOKYO - NOVEMBER, 1934. Babe Ruth, American home run king, demonstrates his power during an exhibition game in Tokyo, Japan in November of 1934. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - 1927: Babe Ruth signing baseball before Indians - Yankees game at League Park. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images).
Babe Ruth signs his latest contract for $52,000 - $23,000 less than last year's salary, March 25, 1933, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Looking on at left is Col. Jake Ruppert, president of the New York Yankees. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth takes a spin along Riverside Drive in New York, April 28, 1946. Ruth declined to confirm reports he would be offered a Mexican League managership. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
circa 1927: American baseball player Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, 1895 - 1948) walking out of the Yankees' dugout as fans applaud his appearance. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
Babe Ruth, right, immortal New York Yankee baseball player comforts Lou Gehrig, who was almost too moved to speak to the vast throng which acclaimed him at Yankee Stadium July 4, 1939 where the Yankees met the Washington Senators in a doubleheader. Gehrig, famed iron man of the Yankees, was honored by players and fans. As an added honor, the world championship flag that the Yankees won in 1927 with a team hailed as one of baseball's greatest was unfurled at the stadium. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
Babe Ruth, bidding his wife Claire Ruth and baby, Dorothy, farewell on leaving for hot springs where the yanks go into their annual spring training on Feb. 15, 1923. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1926: Babe Ruth batting during an exhibition game. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
George H. (Babe) Ruth of the New York Yankees swinging a bat in 1922 . (Photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images)
Babe Ruth (L) at New York Yankee Baseball Team's 25th Anniversary. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Yankees' legend Babe Ruth, his wife Claire, right, and daughter Julia, attend the Stanford-Southern California football game in Los Angeles Stadium, Nov. 11, 1933. (AP Photo)
Appearing in the full uniform of the Boston Braves for the first time on March 9, 1935, Babe Ruth slashed out a single in his first trip to the plate to bring in a run and help the Braves defeat the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game in Tampa, Florida. The Babe (center) chats with Charley Dressen (left), Reds' manager and Bill McKechnie, Braves pilot.. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth starring in "Babe Comes Home", a First National Picture, 1927, with Anna O. Nilsson and Louise Fazenda. (AP Photo)
Baseball legend Babe Ruth is seen with his wife Claire and daughter Julia, at center, in New York, Feb. 9, 1933. (AP Photo)
circa 1925: Full-length image of American baseball player Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, 1895 - 1948) taking a practice swing with a baseball bat on the field in a stadium. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1927. Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder poses with fellow Yankees during the 1927 season. (L-R) are Waite Hoyt, Babe Ruth, manager Miller Huggins, Bob Meusel, and Bob Shawkey. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - 1923. Babe Ruth autographs a baseball for a fan at League Park in Cleveland before a game in 1923. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1923. Babe Ruth takes a mighty swing during pre-game batting practice in Yankee Stadium. (Photo Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY, 1928. Babe Ruth, left, and Lou Gehrig compare bats before a game at Yankee Stadium in May of 1928. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Babe Ruth, the Yankees' big bludgeon man, stands in the dugout with a strained muscle in his left leg during a game at Cleveland July 19, 1929. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1919: Babe Ruth poses outside the dugout for a photo, before a game in what looks like Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1919. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1922. Babe Ruth has just fouled a pitch into the mitt of White Sox catcher Ray Schalk during a 1922 game in Chicago's Comiskey Park. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18, 1929. Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder, left, talks with teammate and first baseman Lou Gehrig in April of 1929. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Daily News page 28 dated August 12, 1929, Headlines: RUTH BUSTS 500TH HOMER, Babe Ruth (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 19: Babe Ruth batting for the Boston Braves. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Circa 1945: American baseball player Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948), outfielder for the New York Yankees, autographs a baseball for two young fans. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 13, 1934. Babe Ruth hands Leonard Beals an autographed ball in exchange for home run ball number 700 for the Babe, which Beals retrieved during a game in Detroit on July 13, 1934. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: Babe Ruth holds autographed bat for Prince and Princess Kaya of Japan at Yankee Stadium where the New York Yankees went on to defeat the Detroit Tigers. Afterwards the royal pair went to a banquet held by the Japanese community at the Hotel Astor. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Babe Ruth, long known as the home run king, was just an interested spectator, April 20, 1939 in New York as he and his wife Claire turned out for the American League opener between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Yanks won, 2-0, it being the first time since the mighty Babe was the big gun of their artillery that the Yanks won their opener. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
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