My name is Linda Ruth Tosetti and I am the granddaughter of George
George Herman Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 6, 1895 at the home of his maternal
grandparents. His parents, George Sr. and Kate Ruth, operated a bar and worked very hard to provide for their small family.
At the age of seven "Little George" was placed at Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys. "Little George"
was just too much to handle for his parents. At Saint Mary's George got the discipline and education he needed to become a
useful citizen AND he met Brother Matthias, the one man among the Catholic Brothers of the Xaverian Order who was the Prefect
of Discipline at the School. Brother Matthias' love and direction helped Babe grow into the best baseball player that ever
lived as well as the one man who single-handedly saved baseball from sure ruin at the hands of unsavory gamblers and criminals.
In fact, Babe's personality and home runs saved baseball from the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 and a gambling scandal in
1926! How did he do this? He performed this "Ruthian" task by revolutionizing the way baseball was played and
through his generous and courageous spirit.
Needless to say, without Babe Ruth there would
be no major league baseball today. Indeed, there would be no international game. What's more, Babe was way ahead of his time
not only on the ball field but in accepting men and women of every race, creed and culture into the American pastime. Long
before it was the popular social sentiment, Babe Ruth barnstormed and supported Negro League baseball, Mexican League
baseball, Cuban baseball, women's baseball, children's baseball and he carried baseball to the orient where over a million
people saw him play in 1934!
Please help us petition Major League Baseball to retire Babe's
famous Number 3 in every major league ball park across America. For his contributions to baseball, social justice
and children everywhere Babe deserves this distinct honor.
Linda Ruth Tosetti