Babe Ruth

Position
Right Fielder
Years
1914-1935
Hall Rating
398
Hall of Fame (1936 via BBWAA)
Inductee
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Babe Ruth Photo
Peak
74%
Longevity
26%

Everyone knows that Babe Ruth’s offensive prowess changed the game. But the fact is, he very well might have been a Hall of Fame pitcher if he remained on the mound for his entire career. Only three pitchers since 1900 provided more value in their age 21 and 22 seasons—Bob Feller, Smoky Joe Wood, and Walter Johnson. Between his hitting (he rates as the best offensive player of all time), his pitching, and his surprisingly good defense, he easily stands ahead of Barry Bonds as the best player of all time. Bonds, of course, is tied to performance-enhancing substances while Ruth seemed to exclusively dabble in performance-curtailing ones.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
182.5 134.7 188.5 131.1
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
1336 -12 0 79 -78 66
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1914 BOS -0.5 -0.3
1915 BOS 2.2 4.2
1916 BOS 7.3 10.4
1917 BOS 5.6 8.7
1918 BOS 4.4 7.0
1919 BOS 6.9 9.9
1920 NYY 9.5 11.8
1921 NYY 10.0 12.5
1922 NYY 4.4 6.3
1923 NYY 11.5 14.1
1924 NYY 9.3 11.7
1925 NYY 1.9 3.5
1926 NYY 9.0 11.5
1927 NYY 9.9 12.4
1928 NYY 7.6 10.1
1929 NYY 5.8 8.0
1930 NYY 8.0 10.5
1931 NYY 8.0 10.3
1932 NYY 6.2 8.3
1933 NYY 4.2 6.3
1934 NYY 3.4 5.1
1935 BSN (ATL) -0.1 0.2
BBWAA Voting Results
Year Percentage
1936
95.1%
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Rogers Hornsby (289) 1300
Stan Musial (263) 1317
Willie Mays (336) 1322
Hank Aaron (298) 1331
Mel Ott (226) 1432
Jimmie Foxx (205) 1526
Mickey Mantle (239) 1541
Honus Wagner (284) 1592
Nap Lajoie (227) 1630
Cap Anson (215) 1674
Frank Robinson (212) 1681
Eddie Collins (253) 1683
Albert Pujols (211) 1768
Alex Rodriguez (245) 1770
Mike Schmidt (228) 1796