How it all began....
George Ruth Jr. was born in 1895 in Baltimore. He was born in the same year as J.Edgar Hoover, Bud Abbott and Buster Keaton. George was always in trouble as a child. He got into fights and disobeyed his parents and teachers. His father decided that he needed some stern discipline and, at age seven, he was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys.
Here he was fortunate to meet Brother Mathias who was one of the monks who taught at the school. George Jr. joined one of the many baseball teams at St. Mary's, and, with Brother Mathias' guidance, learned some of the finer points of baseball.
One day George was taunting his own pitcher during a game - the poor fellow was having a "bad day" - so Brother Mathias put George in as the relief pitcher. George pitched a great game and went on to become their regular pitcher.
He played on the traveling team for St. Mary's and was soon scouted by the Baltimore Orioles. He was only eighteen years of age and, in order for him to play for the Orioles, he had to have a trustee. The man who had scouted him was Jack Dunn, the owner of the team, and he became George's trustee.