Babe Ruth is widely considered the greatest baseball player of all time. He played a major role in popularizing baseball, helping fans forget the Black Sox scandal of 1919 and endure the Great Depression of the 1930s. He set many records and revolutionized the game by hitting home runs at a rate never before seen.
Ruth set a record by hitting 29 home runs in 1919. He shattered the mark the following year with 54 long balls. His high point was in 1927, when he launched 60 home runs, a record that stood until 1961. Ruth's career total of 714 homers ranks third of all time, behind Barry Bonds and Henry Aaron. Only nine players have ever recorded a higher batting average than Ruth's career .342 mark. His 2,213 runs batted in were second-most in history. He was first in slugging percentage and second in on-base average.
Ruth also was an accomplished pitcher early in his career. As a pitcher, Ruth had a 94-46 record and 2.28 earned run average. His record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched in World Series play was not broken for more than 40 years.
In 1936, Babe Ruth became one of the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.