How Much Do You Know About Babe Ruth?

By: Gavin Thagard

How Much Do You Know About Babe Ruth?
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About This Quiz

"I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases." — Babe Ruth.

Babe Ruth certainly followed this superstition religiously, as he ran all four bases after hitting a home run 714 times throughout his major league career. His 714 career home runs were a record that stood until it was surpassed by Hank Aaron in 1974, signaling just how much of an impact Ruth had on the game of baseball.

Born George Herman Ruth Jr., the man who would become known as "Babe" changed the course of baseball history when he started swinging for the fences, adding an offensive element that had rarely been present in the game before his arrival. He would break the single-season home run record in 1919, then set it three more times before his retirement. 

Ruth wasn't only great at the plate, either, as he established a legacy that few others have matched. A multi-time champion with two different ball clubs, Ruth was stellar at multiple defensive positions, showing just how versatile he was as an athlete.

Are you ready to find out how much you know about the heart and soul Ruth poured into the game of baseball? Take a swing at this Babe Ruth quiz to find out.

Ruth 1912 After overcoming a troubled childhood, Babe Ruth realized his dream of playing professional baseball by signing a contract in 1914 with which minor league team?
Terrapins
Orioles
Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional baseball player in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at only 19 years old while playing for the Baltimore Orioles. Though he only played half a season with the team, his feat is still recognized by a historical marker on the spot where it happened.
Red Wings
Bisons

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Swing 1920 Can you identify the MLB team that bought Babe Ruth's contract in 1914, beginning his major league career?
Yankees
Pirates
Red Sox
The Baltimore Orioles were struggling to make money in 1914, as Babe Ruth started to make a name for himself in the baseball world. Needing the cash, the Orioles sold his contract, along with two other players, to the Boston Red Sox for $16,000.
Dodgers

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Ruth 1919 Before he became known as one of the greatest sluggers in the game, at what position did Babe Ruth get his start?
Pitcher
Babe Ruth received his first start with the Boston Red Sox on July 11, 1914, pitching a total of seven innings for the team. Facing off against the Cleveland Indians, Ruth and the Red Sox won the game 4-3.
Catcher
Third base
First base

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Batting 1920 On his way to setting the home run record that stood until it was broken by Hank Aaron, who did Babe Ruth hit his first home run against while playing for the Boston Red Sox?
Stan Coveleski
Ed Walsh
Eddie Cicotte
Jack Warhop
Babe Ruth hit his first home run in the majors at the Polo Grounds against the team where he would later make a name for himself, the New York Yankees. The home run, which came off Jack Warhop, led to the first score of the game, though the Red Sox ultimately lost.

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Swing 1916 Do you know which nickname Babe Ruth was famously given because of his hitting prowess?
Hammerin' Babe
The Splendid Splinter
The Sultan of Swat
As a young player, Babe Ruth surprised many fans with his hitting prowess, earning him the nickname "The Sultan of Swat." However, his pitching duties meant he only played every few games, which wouldn't change until later in his career.
Nails

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Ruth 1920 How many World Series did Babe Ruth win in his Hall of Fame career?
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Babe Ruth won his first of seven World Series in 1915 with the Boston Red Sox facing off against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ruth didn't play much in the series, receiving only one pinch-hitting opportunity and not pitching a single game.

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Ruth Hit 1922 What number did Babe Ruth wear as he entertained MLB fans during his career?
3
Since most teams didn't use individual numbers during much of Babe Ruth's career, he didn't receive No. 3 until he was with the New York Yankees. The change came because the Yankees wanted fans to be able to identify players on the field, especially stars like Ruth.
10
17
22

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1916 World Series Earning his second World Series championship, Babe Ruth helped the Boston Red Sox defeat which team in the 1916 World Series?
New York Yankees
Brooklyn Robins
Babe Ruth was the star of Game 2 of the 1916 World Series, pitching in 14 innings, which included 13 straight innings without allowing a run. The Boston Red Sox won the game 2-1 and went on to win the series in five games.
Philadelphia Phillies
New York Giants

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Ruth 1916 Are you familiar with the year that Babe Ruth led the American League in earned run average?
1916
Throughout the 1916 MLB season, Babe Ruth went head to head with another Hall of Fame pitcher, Walter Johnson, in five fierce duels. Ruth won four of the games, which included two games where only one run was scored.
1918
1919
1921

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Frazee Who was the owner of the Boston Red Sox who agreed to sell Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees in one of the most controversial moves in baseball history?
Tom Yawkey
Bob Quinn
Joseph Lannin
Harry Frazee
When Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees, it launched what became known as "The Curse of the Bambino," as the Red Sox wouldn't win another World Series for 86 years. They finally broke the curse in 2004 by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.

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Pitching How many games did Babe Ruth start as pitcher in the 1918 World Series?
One
Two
In his final World Series as a Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth won both of the games he pitched, Game 1 and Game 4. The two games were low scoring, but his Game 1 performance was near perfect as he didn't allow a single runner to reach home plate.
Three
Four

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Ruth 1915 Select the year that Babe Ruth first led the American League in home runs, demonstrating the talent he would become.
1916
1917
1918
Babe Ruth's 11 home runs in 1918 were nothing spectacular, especially considering how great he eventually became at the plate. However, he won the home run title while only playing in 95 games, which would be the fewest he played until his final season in the league.
1919

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Outfield One of the most versatile players during his era in baseball, what position did Babe Ruth primarily play for the New York Yankees?
Catcher
First base
Shortstop
Outfielder
Realizing that his real talent was as a slugger, Babe Ruth wanted to play in more games, so he gave up his pitching responsibilities. Instead, he moved to the outfield, where he shined almost as much as at pitcher, averaging 11.3 assists per year.

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Pitch 1919 Babe Ruth won 68% of his games as a pitcher. How many games was that?
56
72
94
Posting a record of 94-46 as a pitcher, Babe Ruth finished his career with a .671 winning percentage. That puts him at 12th on the list of career winning percentage, which is better than pitching greats like Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens.
110

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Slugging Though he established multiple records for future sluggers to beat, Babe Ruth set which record that still stands today?
Runs batted in
Slugging percentage
At the time of his retirement, Babe Ruth was the all-time leader in not only slugging percentage but also home runs, runs batted in and bases on balls. The other records have since been broken, but his .69 slugging percentage still stands.
Bases on balls
Batting average

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Ruth 1925 Adding to his career achievements, what accomplishment did Babe Ruth earn in 1923?
AL MVP
Had Babe Ruth's prime been after 1931, he certainly would have won more awards for Most Valuable Player. However, before 1931, players were only allowed to win the award once, which is why Ruth earned his only AL MVP in 1923.
All-Star selection
AL Cy Young Award
Silver Slugger Award

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Ruth 1922 After joining the New York Yankees in 1920, Babe Ruth led the American League in home runs each of his first few seasons with the team, except which one?
1921
1922
Babe Ruth played in 110 games in 1922 compared to the 140-plus games he played in every other season between 1920 and 1924. The lack of games is the primary reason he only hit 35 homers that year, but the key word is "only," as 35 was still high for the era.
1923
1924

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1923 World Series Which team did the New York Yankees defeat in the 1923 World Series, giving Babe Ruth his first championship in New York?
Giants
Managed by John McGraw and with stars like Frankie Frisch and Dave Bancroft, the New York Giants were no scrubs in 1923, as they were coming off back-to-back World Series titles. However, the New York Yankees proved to be too much as they won the series in six games behind Babe Ruth's three home runs.
Dodgers
Phillies
White Sox

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Hornsby Babe Ruth was the final out of the 1926 World Series, which was a classic by many accounts. Who famously tagged Ruth out to win the championship?
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Chick Hafey
Rogers Hornsby
The 1926 World Series went all seven games, and Game 7 was a nail bitter, as the New York Yankees went into the ninth inning down by one run. Babe Ruth, knowing someone needed to make a play, decided to steal second base but was tagged out by Rogers Hornsby to lose the game and the championship.
Jesse Haines

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Ruth 1921 Select the game in the 1926 World Series when Babe Ruth became the first player in MLB history to hit three home runs in one World Series game.
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Even though the New York Yankees lost the 1926 World Series, there were plenty of bright moments for Babe Ruth, including his three home run performance in Game 4. His three homers helped the Yankees win the game 10-5.

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Ruth Leader When the 1924 season came to a close, Babe Ruth was the leader in what category?
Runs batted in
Stolen bases
Strikeouts
Batting average
In 1924, Babe Ruth exceeded his career batting average of .342 to finish the season with a .378 batting average, which was the best of his career. His numbers at the plate were enough to earn him the AL batting championship.

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Ruth 1933 Card In what stadium did Babe Ruth become the first player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game?
Comiskey Park
The first All-Star Game, which was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago, didn't take place until 1933. Since Babe Ruth's career was coming to a close, he only played in two All-Star Games, but that didn't stop him from making history in 1933.
Braves Field
Fenway Park
Forbes Field

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Row Do you know the nickname of the lethal batting lineup that Babe Ruth was a part of in 1927?
The Boomers
The Slugs
Murderers' Row
Babe Ruth was the most well-known slugger in the famous New York Yankees' lineup known as "Murderers' Row," but he wasn't the only Hall of Famer batting for the Yankees that year. Other legends included Earle Combs, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.
The Machine

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Batting Record How many home runs did Babe Ruth hit in 1927 to set a single-season record that stood for over 30 years?
52
60
Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season wouldn't be beaten until 1961 when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris went back and forth trying to beat it. Maris set the record when he hit his 61st home run on the last day of the regular season.
65
72

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Ruth 1927 Can you identify the team the New York Yankees crushed behind the stellar play of Babe Ruth in the 1927 World Series?
Pirates
Having won 110 games during the 1927 regular season — a league record at the time — the New York Yankees were destined to win the World Series. They completed their destiny by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in only four games.
Cubs
Braves
Dodgers

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Plaque In what year did Babe Ruth become the only player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time?
1927
1928
The New York Yankees were already up three games to none against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1928 World Series, and Babe Ruth had yet to hit a home run. That all changed in Game 4 when Ruth hit three to help his team close out the series in four games.
1930
1932

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RBI A constant scoring threat anytime he was at the plate, how many times did Babe Ruth lead the American League in runs batted in?
Three
Five
Six
Babe Ruth not only had the hitting power to score himself, but he often sent his teammates home as well. Leading the league in runs batted in in six different seasons, he finished his career with a total of 2,214 runs batted in, which is second all-time.
eight

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Gehrig With whom did Babe Ruth share the 1931 AL home run title, the 12th and final one of his career?
Jimmie Foxx
Hank Greenberg
Bob Meusel
Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig was probably Babe Ruth's greatest teammate, especially when it came to batting. Influenced by Ruth, Gehrig was a constant home run threat himself, hitting 493 homers during his career.

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Ruth Card 1933 Adding to the lore that surrounded his career, Babe Ruth hit his famous called shot in which game of the 1932 World Series?
Game 2
Game 3
The New York Yankees were already up by two games against the Chicago Cubs when Babe Ruth showed his confidence in the fifth inning by pointing to the outfield. With the score tied, Ruth slammed a home run in the exact spot to which he had pointed.
Game 4
Game 5

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Yankee Stadium Why did Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees decide to part ways as Ruth's prime came to a close?
Babe Ruth wanted more playing time.
Babe Ruth didn't like the Yankees' owner.
Babe Ruth wanted to manage a team.
Babe Ruth had been lobbying for the manager job on the New York Yankees for years, especially after the death of longtime manager Miller Huggins in 1929. However, the Yankees saw no future with Ruth beyond the playing field, forcing Ruth to look elsewhere if he wanted an opportunity after his playing days came to a close.
Babe Ruth wanted to purchase a team.

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Braves With what team did Babe Ruth end his career in 1935?
Tigers
Twins
Orioles
Braves
Knowing his prime was behind him, the Boston Braves brought Babe Ruth in more as a mascot than as a player, hoping he would draw attention and inspire the other players. To their disappointment, Ruth only played in 28 games, and he retired halfway through the season.

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Forbes Field Where did Babe Ruth hit the final home run of his career, as he slammed three home runs in total that day?
Forbes Field
Babe Ruth's final season in the league was abysmal, but he did have one stellar performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field on May 25, 1935. Recording four hits that day, Ruth slammed the final three home runs of his career, giving him 714 homers in total.
Fenway Park
Crosley Field
Griffith Stadium

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Hall of Fame When was Babe Ruth inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, honoring his legendary career and commitment to the game?
1936
The Baseball Hall of Fame was created in 1936, only a year after Babe Ruth retired, and he was one of the first five players inducted. Alongside Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were also inducted.
1937
1938
1939

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Brooklyn In 1938, the Brooklyn Dodgers agreed to bring Babe Ruth into the organization in which capacity?
Hitting coach
First base coach
Babe Ruth never got the opportunity to manage a team that he had hoped for as his career ended, instead agreeing to serve as a first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. In his later life, this led him into a severe depression, which ultimately led to his health decline.
General manager
Scouting coach

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Pride Are you familiar with the film released in 1942 in which Babe Ruth played himself?
"The Golden Twenties"
"The Babe"
"Babe Ruth"
"The Pride of the Yankees"
"The Pride of the Yankees" was a film directed by Sam Wood to honor Lou Gehrig, who had died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a year before its release. The disease had forced Gehrig into retirement in 1939 and became so associated with Gehrig that it is commonly called "Lou Gehrig's disease."

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