Today In History- August 11

Today In History- August 11


Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career.

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Babe Ruth reaches milestone of 500 home runs.

  • New York City, New York

On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth became the first player ever to hit 500 home runs in his career.  The milestone occurred despite the Yankees not making the World Series for the first time in three years.  Throughout this period, Babe Ruth lead or tied the league lead in home runs, with his astounding home run total only to be beaten by two other players in major league history.  His ability at pitching was just as remarkable, with certain games finding him pitching complete games.  He went on to set several other records in his career, including slugging percentage and on-base slugging percentage, all before his final year in 1935.

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