George Herman Ruth came along at just the right time to save MLB from the "Black Sox Scandal" of 1919. Because of Babe Ruth the distasteful residue of gambling never fully impacted baseball.
Babe's home runs not only revolutionized the way the game was played but they also drew attention away from a devastating grand jury inquiryinto the 1919 World Series. Babe Ruth put people in ballparks all over the country.
When stricken with a genetic cancer, Babe Ruth was a courageous recipient of the first chemotherapy treatment. Babe Ruth was a great American.
He lived his life as freely as anyone and pushed the limits of his talent beyond anything seen in baseball before or since.
For his contributions to our national pastime, his contributions to children all over the world, for his humanitarian works and for his love for his fans everywhere: Babe Ruth single-handedly saved the game of baseball with his mighty bat, his charismatic personality and his inherent sense of fair play.
As an ambassador for the game Babe Ruth made it possible for baseball to become the international game it is today. Babe was not deterred when it was not possible for minorities to participate in Major League Baseball. Babe spoke up on behalf of these fine men. He barnstormed with them and his actions and words on their behalf has not gone unnoticed by baseball historians.
Please help us to achieve this tribute for an American icon, George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
The Retire Babe Ruth's Number Throughout Major League Baseball petition to Commissioner, Major League Baseball was written by Babe3 and is in the category Sports at GoPetition.