Museum Debuts New Babe Ruth Gallery June 13 as Baseball Celebrates 100 Years of The Babe

‘Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend’ Explores the Iconic Journey of the Sultan of Swat

April 14, 2014
Hall of Famer Babe Ruth was an American original, baseball's first great slugger and the most celebrated athlete of his time. (NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)George Herman Ruth was bigger than the game, and remains to this day the very essence of baseball. 

This spring, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Ruth’s unparalleled legacy with a new exhibit dedicated to an American icon – and one of the National Pastime’s enduring legacies. 

Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend will debut with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 13 at the Cooperstown shrine as the baseball world marks the 100th anniversary season of his big league debut. The Museum has long allocated precious exhibit space to Ruth – a member of the inaugural Class of 1936 at the Hall of Fame – but the new 180-square foot presentation will feature a completely fresh look at a player who set standards that have yet to be eclipsed. 

“The name ‘Babe Ruth’ is recognized around the world even today, more than three-quarters of a century after his election to the Hall of Fame,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “The Museum’s Babe Ruth Gallery has long been one of our most popular exhibits, and the re-curated presentation will bring to life the story of a player who truly transcended the game.” 

Made possible by gifts from Jay and Patty Baker, the Ford Motor Company and an anonymous benefactor, Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend presents the story of the Sultan of Swat in scrapbook form, taking the visitor from Ruth’s earliest days to his peak as a player and through his post-career life as one of America’s most beloved figures. The new exhibit will be located on the Museum’s second floor. 

Born Feb. 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Md., Ruth emerged from an orphanage to debut in the big leagues on July 11, 1914. After spending his first years in the majors as a dominant left-handed pitcher, Ruth moved from the Red Sox’s rotation to the Yankees’ outfield – and became the game’s biggest drawing card on the strength of his prodigious power. His record of 714 career home runs stood for almost four decades. 

Ruth became the first star of a world where virtually every citizen could share in common media experiences. The Museum’s new exhibit will allow visitors to encounter Ruth’s grandeur in the words of the people who witnessed his legendary exploits. 

Featuring rare documents like the agreement that transferred Ruth from the Baltimore Orioles of the International League to the Red Sox in 1914 and memorable artifacts such as the jersey Ruth wore on June 13, 1948 at his retired number ceremony, Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend is poised to stand the test of time – just like Ruth himself.