This Day In Sports History (February 26) — Babe Ruth Sold to the Braves
It was on this day in 1935 that Babe Ruth was sold from the New York Yankees to the Boston Braves. In addition to playing for the Braves, Ruth would also be the assistant manager as well as the team’s vice president.
By 1935 the Babe’s ability and talent had dwindled dramatically and he was in fact interested in managing the Yankees rather than playing for them. However, owner Jacob Ruppert had no intentions of firing manager Joe McCarthy. Ruppert would offer the head coaching job of the Yankees top minor league affiliate, the Newark Bears, to Ruth, but Babe’s wife and business manager at the time recommended that he reject the offer, which he did.
Babe Ruth without question was one of the best hitters of all time. If you include his high quality of pitching in his early years, there is no doubt that he is the greatest all around baseball players of all time.
Marshall Faulk, NFL – Born February 26th 1973 (age 41) in New Orleans, Louisiana
Tim Thomas, NBA – Born February 26th 1977 (age 37) in Paterson, New Jersey
Emmanuel Adebayor, Soccer – Born February 26th 1984 (age 30) in Lome, Togo