This Day in Baseball: Babe Out of Bronx

Many casual baseball fans may not realize this, but Babe Ruth did not end his career with the Yankees. On this day in 1935, the Babe was granted his release from the Yankees. During his tenure with the Yankees, the Bambino helped to usher in the Live Ball Era, and slugged 659 of his 714 career home runs and batted .349 overall.

As Ruth sought his release from the Yankees, it was evident that his skills and health were in decline. In the 1934 season, he failed to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs with a batting average over .300 for the first time since 1925, a season in which he played only 98 games. Ruth had expressed interest in managing the Yankees after his playing career was over, but the Yankees already had Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy at the helm.

As he aged and his desire to manage grew, Ruth’s relations with McCarthy and Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert soured. The writing was on the wall – Ruth would never manage the Yankees. Ruppert sought to part ways with Ruth on the most amicable of terms, and helped set the Babe up with the Boston Braves and owner Emil Fuchs.

The Boston Braves struggled to outdraw the more popular Red Sox, despite moderate success in the National League. Fuchs named Ruth his vice president and assistant manager. Ruth showed up to Spring Training with massive buzz, but from the get-go, it was evident that he was done as a player. As the season started, Ruth became disenchanted with his role with the Braves, feeling that he had been brought in only to serve as a public relations and marketing tool. He was given no responsibility regarding on-field decision making, another fact which angered him.

The Great Bambino’s career as a member of the Braves came to an unceremonious end on June 2nd, after another argument with Fuchs. Babe Ruth played only 28 games with the Braves, batting only .181.  Babe was never given the chance to manage at the Major League level.

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