Today in History: Babe Ruth dies at 53

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Today in History: Babe Ruth dies at 53
PROVIDENCE - 1914. Babe Ruth, pitcher for the Providence Grays minor league team, poses for a team photograph in 1914. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Babe Ruth is shown in a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1919. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth, pitching ca. 1916, was the leading pitcher on the championship Boston Red Sox team until his ability at the bat forced managers to put him in the lineup full-time. Ruth pitched for the Red Sox from 1914 to 1918, pitching in the World Series in 1916 and 1918, before joining the New York Yankees, where he became the Sultan of Swat. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees' owners, from left to right, Col. Tillinghast LHommedieu Huston and Jacob Ruppert appear with Babe Ruth and Gov. Nathan L. Miller of New York, Oct. 6, 1921. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees power batter Babe Ruth is seen in 1923. (AP Photo)
Youngsters lending an ear to Babe Ruth as he tells them stories of his life from orphanage to baseball fame, November 29, 1924. (AP Photo)
George Herman Babe Ruth with his pet calf “Flossy” on his farm at Sudbury, Massachusetts, Dec. 12, 1924. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees' Babe Ruth is safe at home in a game against the Washington Senators in Washington, June 25, 1925. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** New York Yankees' Babe Ruth is shown lofting another home run into the right field upper deck at Yankee Stadium, in this 1927 photo. Barry Bonds moved within one home run of tying Babe Ruth on baseball's career home run list at 714. Hank Aaron holds the all-time record with 755 home runs. (AP Photo/National Baseball Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.)
Home run king Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees, center, is seen with teammates Tony Lazzeri, left, and Lou Gehrig, right, June 1927 in New York. (AP Photo)
Home run king Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees is seen in New York, Sept. 27, 1927. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth slams one out during exhibition game with the Boston Braves at St. Petersburg, Fla., March 16, 1929. Yankees won game, 6-3. (AP Photo)
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)
Being a father is great stuff, says Babe Ruth. Here the home run king is in his New York City apartment, November 4, 1930 reading to Dorothy, 9, Left and Julia, 14, his two new legally adopted children. Between fixing dolls and reading to them the funny papers, the Babe sees his time well occupied until next spring. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth the Yankee slugger, photographed as he smacked out his first home run in the Yanks, athletics game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, April 12, 1932. Ruth Garnered two homeruns and Gehrig also poled two four hits as the yanks defeated the athletic. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth, just returning to the champion Yankees lineup, took time out at Philadelphia, PA September 21, 1932, to congratulate Jimmy Foxx of the Athletics, who succeeds him as home run king of 1932. Foxx hit his 54th homer during the game, which still leaves him six short of the Babe's 1927 record of 60.. (AP Photo)
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)
The man behind the beard is none other than Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth who donned the whiskers for an exhibition game with the House of David team at St. Petersburg, Florida, March 30, 1933. (AP Photo)
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)
Babe Ruth is shown at an exhibition game in Meiji Stadium, Tokyo, Nov. 21, 1934(AP Photo)
“Babe” Ruth said Good-Bye New York Yankees, to join the Boston league Club, as vice president and assistant manager. He with his new Judge Emil Fuchs, President of the Boston in New York, Feb. 26, 1935. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth as a Boston Brave in uniform, March 10, 1935. (AP Photo)
Former New York Yankees teammates Babe Ruth, right, and Lou Gehrig pose together at a spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 16, 1935 as they met for the first time after Ruth left the Yankees for the Boston Braves. The Braves defeated the Yankees 3-2 in the exhibition game. (AP Photo/Tom Sande)
Former Yankees batting legend Babe Ruth is shown during an interview in his apartment, June 3, 1935, following his return from Boston where he broke off with the Boston Braves. (AP Photo)
Back on familiar grounds, Babe Ruth hauls out his golf clubs and experiments to determine if he still has his putting touch on January 8, 1936. Ruth, who has just arrived here for the winter, is considered one of the best golfers among ball players. (AP Photo)
A spectator where he once was Idol, the "King of Swat" attended the American League season opener at Yankee Stadium on April 20, 1937, with his wife Claire. The world champion New York Yankees played the Washington Senators. (AP Photo/John Rooney)
Coach Babe Ruth plunged right into his duties with the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York, June 19, 1938. The one and only Babe was hired back into big time baseball by the Dodgers as a coach and he's displaying some of the technique. (AP Photo)
Manager Burleigh Grimes (left) and Leo Durocher (right), team captain of the Dodgers, talking things over with their new teammate and first base coach, Babe Ruth. They are shown in the Dodger dugout shortly after the Babe joined the colorful McPhail team at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, on June 19, 1938, before a twin bill with the Chicago Cubs. . (AP Photo/stf)
Al Schacht, left, baseball’s clown, cups his ear to get all the story as Babe Ruth tells it, at the Baseball Writer’s annual dinner in New York City on Feb. 2, 1941. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth and his wife Claire smile as they board a train in Grand Central Station, N.Y., Feb. 5, 1942 for Hollywood, where the Babe will play himself in the picture "The Pride of the Yankees," based on the Life of Lou Gehrig. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
Retired Yankees slugger Babe Ruth warms up with three bats before stepping to the plate at New York's Yankee Stadium, August 21, 1942, as he prepared for a hitting exhibition at the stadium two days later against retired pitching great Walter Johnson. The pair faced off between games of a doubleheader between the Yankees and the Washington Senators for the benefit of Army and Navy Relief Funds. (AP Photo/Tom Sande)
Babe Ruth is shown at his home as he celebrated his 50th Birthday on Feb. 7, 1944. A gentleman of unwanted leisure now and restless as a caged bear, he fills his days with bowling and innumerable appearances a Bond Rallies. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth, left, 240 pounds, applies his own version of a neck lock to Manuel Cortez, 200, after the Boston grappler refused to heed the Bambino’s warnings again unnecessary roughness in about at Portlance, Maine on April 2, 1945. The Babe made his debut as wrestling referee in contest between Cortez and Leo Numa, of Seattle, Wash., the winner the Babe says he dropped four pounds chasing. (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)
Despite confinement to his apartment, Babe Ruth will still be able to see the New York baseball teams in action. Winding up Babe Ruth Day events, Babe today, Tuesday, April 29, 1947, was presented with a television set by RCA Victor. The presentation, which took place at Babe's Riverside Drive apartment, where the set was installed, was made by Irving Sarnoff, President of Bruno-NY, local RCA Victor distributor. The Babe is shown testing his new machine. (AP Photo)
Former New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth is shown in Miami Beach, Feb. 1948. (AP Photo)
Babe Ruth waves goodbye to friends at Pennsylvania Station in New York, Feb. 3, 1948 before he and wife Claire departed by train for Florida for a month's vacation. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
Babe Ruth, right, points to his locker in Yankee Stadium, June 13, 1948, as he stands with Mark Koenig, center, and Bob Meusel. At pregame ceremonies that day at the stadium, Ruth's no. 3 locker was sealed forever and his no. 3 shirt sent to the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo)
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)
Babe Ruth, the king of baseball, waves his cap to the crowd on his arrival at the Municipal Airport in Baltimore, July 13, 1948, with his sister, Mary Ruth Moberly of Baltimore, and Harold Russell of New York. The Babe was scheduled to appear at the annual inter-faith baseball game tonight which was called off because of rain. (AP Photo)
Steve Broidy, left, of Allied Artist movie studio presents a check for the Ruth Foundation for under privileged children to Babe Ruth at memorial hospital on July 29, 1948 in New York City. Babe Ruth is at Memorial Hospital where the home run king is in critical condition, reported "No improvement in his condition," Aug. 13, 1948. (AP Photo)
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Sixty-seven years ago today, in 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died at the age of 53 -- just 23 years after his retirement from the game he changed forever.

For 54 years, Babe Ruth was the MLB's home run king. He overtook Roger Connor's record of 138 in 1920 and went on to crush an unprecedented 715 dingers over his 22-year career. His reign ended in 1974, when Hank Aaron -- who went on to hit 755 home runs -- hit his 715th career homer. But to most of the baseball world, Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest to ever do it.

Click through the gallery above to relive The Babe's greatest moments, and be sure to watch the video below for newly found recording from Ruth's career.


Sportscaster Finds Secret Recording of Babe Ruth

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