Cigar Smoking Icon: Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth holding a bat

Born on the 6th of February in 1895, George Herman Ruth made his fame as a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but what really made him the undeniably recognisable sportsman was his batting ability for the New York Yankees and his iconic lifestyle.

In this article, we’re going to explore the history of Babe Ruth and his admirable accomplishments over his lifetime. If you, like Babe Ruth, prefer Cuban cigars, then you can browse through our range of various cigars that are fit for any fellow aficionado.

The History of Babe Ruth

Here, we’re going to be taking a brief look into the life and lifestyle of Babe Ruth.

Early Life

After leaving St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore, Ruth entered the big leagues as a lefty hurler for the Red Sox and won 89 games in six years and set the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings.

The Start of a Successful Career

Following the 1919 season, Harry Frazee the Red Sox owner sold Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000. Ruth then hit 54 home runs with 158 runs scored and 135 RBI (runs batted in). In 1921 he then topped his past achievements with 59 home runs and 177 runs scored.

His Luxurious Lifestyle

Babe Ruth enjoyed a mischievous and hard-living lifestyle of fame during the roaring ’20s. Unlike star athletes we see today, Ruth didn’t pursue a lifestyle that fully focused on the epitomise of health and fitness.

Instead, Ruth chose to enjoy luxuries like whisky, cigars, late nights with women and much more. In-between innings or while waiting to bat, Ruth would often enjoy eating hot dogs, drinking beer and smoking his cigars.

Yet he still played successfully for 22-seasons, and between 1919 and 1935 he managed to hit over 700 home runs, making him a baseball legend! He has been called an American original, the game’s first great slugger and an incredibly celebrated athlete of his time.

Ruth’s Retirement

Ruth retired in 1935 at the age of 40, ending his 22-year big league career which consisted of 714 home runs, ranking him third in the career leaders and records for home runs.

Babe Ruth and His Love for Cigars

Babe Ruth would smoke four or five cigars in the evening, usually a long 60-cent cigar. He had a cigar named after him and he endorsed White Owl cigars, although they didn’t exactly match up to his preference.

Ruth enjoyed smoking his cigars, he much preferred them large and expensive, like Cuban cigars. He reportedly travelled to Havana to bring back stockpiles of them to the US.

He enjoyed smoking whether it was a pipe or cigarettes, but he especially enjoyed the public image of cigars. When hosting parties in an expensive hotel room, Ruth would often dress in a red dressing gown and slippers with a lit 60-cent cigar. His teammate Waite Hoyt said that Ruth looked like “the Admiration Cigar trademark”.

After an unsuccessful year for the Yankees in 1922, where Ruth was said to have had unacceptable playing standards. The New York Mayor, Jimmy Walker, got involved and told Ruth he had let the city down.

This awoke something within Ruth, an urge to review and drastically change his lifestyle causing him to act more like the athletes we recognise today, but yet Ruth never gave up his cigars. They weren’t just part of his iconic image; they were a deeply ingrained part of his life.

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Images of Babe Ruth are in the public domain having been published before January 1, 1926.

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