Ruth began his major league baseball career with the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher in 1914. In his rookie year with the Sox, at the tender age of 19, he went 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings pitched. The following year, his first full one in the majors, Ruth pitched 217.7 innings, going 18-8 with 16 complete games and a 2.44 ERA.
The following two years with the Red Sox would continue to be banner years for Ruth on the mound. In his third and fourth seasons with the Sox, for each season Ruth would pitch over 300 innings, win more than 20 games, pitch more than 20 complete games, and have a 1.75 and 2.01 ERA respectively. (Wait a second, isn't this guy the greatest HITTER of all-time?)
At age 24 and in his last year with the Red Sox in 1919, Ruth would play mostly outfield (although he did pitch 133.3 innings that year), and he came to bat 432 times. That was enough times at the plate to allow Ruth to hit 29 homers, 114 RBI and 139 hits with a .322 batting average.
Of course, Ruth went on to become the best home run hitter that baseball has ever seen. Here are just a few more of his accomplishments.
- Led League in home runs 12 times
- .342 career batting average
- 714 career home runs
- 2,217 career RBI
- Season high 60 home runs
- Season high .393 batting average (1923)
- Led League in walks 11 times
- Led League in batters faced as a pitcher in 1917
- Led League in complete games as a pitcher in 1917
- 7 time World Series Champ
Did you know.......Ruth started his professional baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League?