Rare Photos of Babe Ruth

Three-year-old George Herman Ruth poses for a portrait in Baltimore in 1898. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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Babe Ruth (top left) and The St. Mary's Industrial School team of Baltimore poses for a portrait sometime between 1910 and 1912. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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St. Mary's catcher Babe Ruth chats with a teammate in 1912. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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Babe Ruth (center) with his father, George Herman Ruth Sr, tend bar in Baltimore in 1915. The elder Ruth owned several saloons in the Baltimore area. - John Durant/SI Picture Collection
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Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth warms up on the sidelines of Fenway Park in 1918. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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Babe Ruth poses at Pennsylvania Station with his then-wife Helen Ruth and daughter Dorothy as he prepares to leave for Yankees spring training camp in 1923. - FPG/Getty Images
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Ruth, the most popular athlete of his era, chats with a group of children in 1924. - AP
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Babe Ruth salutes in his National Guard uniform circa 1924. - NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
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Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth pose during a Philadelphia Athletics series at Yankee Stadium during the 1927 season. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927, a record that would be broken 34 years later by another Yankee, Roger Maris. - Charles Colon/TSN/Icon SMI
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Babe Ruth is crowned the ''King of Swat'' by manager Miller Huggins in 1927, who gives him a ceremonial crown worth $600. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
16 of 46 Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig pose in their ''Bustin' Babes'' and ''Larrupin Lous'' uniforms from their 1927 barnstorming tour. The teams, which consisted mostly of local amateurs and minor leaguers, played 21 games across the country immediately after the Yankees swept the Pirates in the World Series. - AP
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Lou Gehrig plugs his ears as Babe Ruth blows into a saxophone during a photo opportunity stunt in 1928. - Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
19 of 46 Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
Babe Ruth gets his knee checked out by Dr. Woods in Oct. 1928. - NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
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Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig try their hand at rodeo, fresh off a World Series sweep of the Cardinals, in Oct. 1928. - NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
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Babe Ruth checks out the fowl he shot on a hunting trip in Pennsylvania. - Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images
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Babe Ruth and his wife Claire pose in 1931 during spring training in St. Petersburg, Fla. - AP
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Babe Ruth hoists a medicine ball at McGoverns Gym in New York City in 1932. - AP
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Babe Ruth slides safely into home during a Yankees-Tigers game in 1934. - AP
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Babe Ruth posing with bat boys during a barnstorming tour of Japan. - SI Picture Collection
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Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth bag a fish in 1938. - Larry Froeber/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
31 of 46 Larry Froeber/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
Babe Ruth and Nancy Carroll, stars of the Broadway play ''I Must Love Someone,'' attend the annual roller skating party in Coney Island. - AP
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Babe Ruth chats with young fans in 1944. - NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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Babe Ruth sits with Ted Williams, sitting in his Navy uniform, circa 1945. - Sporting News/Icon SMI
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Babe Ruth thanks the crowd at Yankee Stadium for their ovation on "Babe Ruth Day," April 27, 1947. - Ralph Morse/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
37 of 46 Ralph Morse/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Babe Ruth, dressed as Santa Claus, sits with children during a Christmas Party for polio victims in Dec. 1947 at the Hotel Astor in New York City. - Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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Ted Williams receives some hitting advice from Babe Ruth during a spring training game in 1948. - Sporting News/Icon SMI
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Babe Ruth gives hitting advice to actor William Bendix, who played the Yankee legend in the 1948 movie ''The Babe Ruth Story.'' - AP
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Babe Ruth presents Yale baseball captain George H. W. Bush the original manuscript of ''The Babe Ruth Story'' in June 1948 at Yale Field in New Haven, Conn. - AP
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Babe Ruth makes his final appearance at Yankee Stadium as the franchise retires his number, just two months before his death. - Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
44 of 46 Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Babe Ruth waves his cap to the crowd on his arrival at the Municipal Airport in Baltimore with his sister Mary in July 1948. - AP
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