June 2, 1935: Babe Ruth retires from the game of baseball
Babe Ruth was arguably one of the greatest baseball players to ever exist. Hell, his name alone means “the baddest person to walk this Earth.” While he earned countless accolades, Ruth couldn’t play on that field for the rest of his life.
I’m coming home
Following Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees runs, Ruth joined the Boston Braves in February 1935. Much like Brett Favre, the player didn’t want to step away from the game. At the age of 40, Ruth saw better days in his acclaimed career. His final season with the Yankees found him only making 22 home runs. At that point, he hasn’t hit for under 30 home runs in a season since 1925.
The Yankees were willing to trade him to the Braves after a lackluster season. Ruth’s return to Boston was a big deal for the locals. After leaving the Red Sox, the franchise failed at returning to the World Series. The Braves were also on the hunt to obtain another World Series win.
All downhill from here
Ruth’s time with the Braves had him pulling double duty. Aside from being a player, he was signed as a vice president. Upon his first Boston game in 16 years, 25,000 people came to see their golden child return. Ruth delivered big time by earning every Brave run in their 4-2 win against the New York Giants. Newspapers in the area were praising his performance, and the rest of the MLB took notice.
Unfortunately, his comeback game was the only great thing about his return. He would become a complete trainwreck on the field due to his physical well being. In early May, he wanted to retire before things got worse. Braves owner Emil Fuchs suggested that he stayed until at least Memorial Day. Fuchs assumed Ruth would change his mind following some wins under his belt. Unfortunately, Ruth would continue to see his stats go down the drain throughout numerous games.
Walking away from it all
After major arguments with Fuchs, Ruth officially retired from the game on June 2, 1935. His final season found him with only 11 runs and six home runs. After hanging it up, he wanted to sink his team into managing a team. Unfortunately, no one was hiring until two years later. While Cleveland Indians were looking, they stated that Ruth wasn’t fit for the job. They weren’t the only ones closing the door on Ruth. The main reason for teams not looking at him was his reckless behavior.
Upon his death on August 16, 1948, baseball players and fans paid their respects to the legend. While he didn’t conclude his career the way he wanted, Ruth still managed to become a baseball great.