News

Babe Ruth Made His Red Sox Debut 100 Years Ago Today

The Boston Globe headline on a story written about the Red Sox purchasing Babe Ruth and two other players from the Baltimore Orioles.
The Boston Globe headline on a story written about the Red Sox purchasing Babe Ruth and two other players from the Baltimore Orioles.The Boston Globe Archives

On July 10, 1914, the Boston Red Sox purchased Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, and Ben Egan from the Baltimore Orioles. On July 11, 1914, Ruth made his Red Sox debut and pitched the team to a win over the Cleveland Naps.

BABE RUTH AT FENWAY PARK, 1915. Sports Images Collection, BPL Print Department. One of baseball’s most legendary players, George “Babe” Ruth played for the Red Sox from 1914 to 1919 before his famous trade to the New York Yankees.
Babe Ruth standing at Fenway Park in 1915. Ruth played for the Red Sox from 1914 to 1919 before his famous trade to the New York Yankees.Sports Images Collection, BPL Print Department

It’s been 100 years since that day. In the time since, Ruth played out a historic career and became one of baseball’s most widely-known legends.

Of course, the price to have Ruth in a Red Sox uniform was not cheap. Then-owner Joseph Lannin paid more than $25,000 for the three players in a move that, according to The Boston Globe, backed up his stance of not letting money stand between his team and success.

Advertisement—Continue Reading Below

And while MLB.com’s remembrance of Ruth’s debut describes him as “raw and unrefined,” he proved his worth to some degree by pitching seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned), not walking anyone, and striking out one. The effort got him the win as the Red Sox finished with a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.

The day Ruth and his two teammates came up from Baltimore was remembered by Boston Globe cartoonist Wallace Goldsmith.

Share