Babe Ruth announces his retirement at the age of 40

Babe Ruth is the most legendary Baseball player of all-time.  Not only did he hold the home run record for several seasons, but he was also a feared major league pitcher. But athletes aren’t great forever, and The Babe knew when his time had come.

It was on this day, June 2nd, 1935, that Babe Ruth announced his retirement from Baseball.  At the age of 40, Babe would retire with 714 home runs, a record that would stand for 39 years.  Amazingly Ruth also hit for a lifetime batting average of .342, the tenth highest in the history of Baseball.

After retiring, Ruth would become one of the first 5 players to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  And towards the end of his life, he became involved with American Legion’s youth baseball program.  There will truly never be another Babe Ruth, he could do everything on the field and today, he is still considered by most to be the greatest Baseball player ever.