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Babe Ruth Home Runs By Year

By Mahesh Bajagain / 24 August 2023 05:39 PM

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Babe Ruth home runs by year contain 11 HR in 1918, 59 HR in 1921, and 34 HR in 1934. Ruth did not homer in his MLB debut season in 1914.

Ruth started his baseball career with the Boston Red Sox in 1914 scoring a few home runs. Ruth's home run totals rose dramatically after he signed with the New York Yankees in 1920. He broke all previous records by being the first player to hit 30, 40, and eventually 50 home runs in a season. 

He spent his 21 years playing in American League with Red Sox and Yankees. Babe Ruth's MLB journey started in 1914 playing for Red Sox at the age of 19. He spent his early professional career at Red Sox for five years.

Ruth spent his career peak time with New York Yankees for 15 years. Most of his career records are made in Yankees Stadium.

Ruth played one season for Boston Braves which played for National League in 1935. He retired from baseball hitting 6 homers in his last season as a Boston Braves Player. Though he played for three clubs in his career, he would be always remembered as a Yankees legend.

Babe Ruth Home Runs Since 1914

Babe Ruth home runs since 1914 count 714 adding all the homers he played for three clubs. He hit the most homers 659 for the Yankees.

The early 4 professional years of Ruth in the Boston Red Sox were not successful as he scored only 9 homers in those four years. He even could not hit a home run in his debut season. However, he was learning in the beginning years and the result started to be seen from the year 2018.

Ruth hit 11 and 29 homers in 2018 and 2019 respectively for Red Sox leading the league. Altogether, Babe hit 49 home runs for Boston Sox. The Bambino-nicknamed player later moved to the Yankees from Red Sox in 2020 where he spent his career with many records in his name.

In his 15 years of Career for the Yankees, he bangs 659 homers. He leads the league for 10 seasons with the most homers in his 15 seasons at the Yankees. On average, he hit 43 homers for the Yankees in his career.

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Before retirement, in the year 1935, he played for Boston Braves. He ends his career there hitting 6 home runs in his last season. He played at National League for only one season in his career last year. 

This record of the infielder and pitcher for these three clubs was held until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974. 

Here is the list of Home Runs Scored by Ruth in his 22-year Career:

Season/ ClubHome Runs
1914 / Boston Red Sox0
1915 / Boston Red Sox4
1916 / Boston Red Sox3
1917 / Boston Red Sox2
1918 / Boston Red Sox11
1919 / Boston Red Sox29
1920 / New York Yankees54
1921 / New York Yankees59
1922 / New York Yankees35
1923 / New York Yankees41
1924 / New York Yankees46
1925 / New York Yankees25
1926 / New York Yankees47
1927 / New York Yankees60
1928 / New York Yankees54
1929 / New York Yankees46
1930 / New York Yankees49
1931 / New York Yankees46
1932 / New York Yankees41
1933 / New York Yankees34
1934 / New York Yankees22
1935 / Boston Braves6

Babe Ruth pointing home run is called a shot that was hit against Chicago Cubs on October 1, 1932, World Series. It is clear in the available video that Ruth has pointed gestures in the match. This point gesture shows his confidence level of Ruth in his career peak years.

During the at-bat, Ruth allegedly pointed to the spectators in center field. It was purportedly a promise that he would home run to this area of the field. However, it is unclear if he was indicating the spectators or the Cubs in their dugout or promising a home run.

Ruth has the all time career record of SLG .690, OPS 1.164, and OPS+ 206. He was chosen as the most valuable player in 1923 and included in All Star for the 1933 and 1934 seasons. Ruth was inducted as a Hall of Famer in 1938. 

Babe Ruth Post Season Home Runs

Babe Ruth postseason home runs count 15 in his participation in 10 World Series. He scored the most 4 home runs in the 1926 World Series.

Ruth had got a chance of post season batting 3 times for Boston Red Sox and 7 times for New York Yankees. He does not have the best postseason homer record as compared to his career homer records.

Here is the list of post season home runs scored by Ruth in his 10 post season participation:

  1. 1915: 0 HR 
  2. 1916: 0 HR
  3. 1918: 0 HR
  4. 1921: 1 HR
  5. 1922: 0 HR
  6. 1923: 3 HR
  7. 1926: 4 HR 
  8. 1927: 2 HR
  9. 1928: 3 HR 
  10. 1932: 2 HR

He failed to score any home runs for Red Sox in the postseason of 1915, 1916, and 1917. Likewise, home runs in the postseason of 1922 were blank as a Yankees while the other 6 seasons have recorded altogether 15 homers by Ruth.

Babe Ruth Most Home Runs in A Season

Single season home run record of 60 HR from the bat of Ruth came in the year 1927. Ruth had hit 47 home runs in the previous season playing for the Yankees.

Babe Ruth averaged over 46 home runs per season from 1920 to 1932. American League teams averaged 50 home runs in 1927 with the exception of the New York Yankees. It is the same year that Babe Ruth most home runs in a season by hitting 60 home runs. 

He had scored 59 homers in his second season at the Yankees in 1921. Likewise, he scored 50-plus homers in the 1920 and 1928 seasons hitting 54 home runs in both. 

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In his career, Ruth hit at least 40 home runs in a season 11 times, including a record-setting 60 in 1927 that stood for 34 years. He also held the league record for most home runs 12 times, which is still standing in the Major Leagues. 

Ruth had 714 home runs and 1,330 strikeouts. He took 2,062 steps. Ruth hit 60 home runs while striking out 89 times, or one home run for every 1.48 strikeouts.

Likewise, his batting average in the 2027 season is .356. His career-best batting average is in season 2024 with an average of .378. While his average career batting is .342.

Babe Ruth First Home Run Toronto

Babe Ruth first home run Toronto was hit on September 5, 1914. It was a game at Toronto's Hanlan's Point Stadium.

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Despite going on to smash 714 home runs in the major league after that, Ruth only had one home run in the minor league, which he hit in Toronto. He hit his first home run on the ball pitched by a pitcher for the Toronto Maple Leafs named Marty "Lefty" Kremer.

Babe Ruth hit his first Major League home run on May 6, 1915, at the Polo Grounds in New York City, not in Toronto. He was participating in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

Some FAQs

How Many Home Runs Did Babe Ruth Hit In One Season?

Ruth hit 46 home runs in one season on average. He hit 60 home runs in 1927 which is his career highest home runs in a season.

How Many Home Runs Did Babe Ruth Hit In His Career?

Ruth hits 714 home runs in his career. It includes 659 HR for New York Yankees, 49 for Boston Red Sox and 6 for Boston Braves.

What Year Did Babe Ruth Hit 60 Home Runs?

Babe Ruth Hit 60 home runs in 1927. This record was broken by Roger Maris with 61 home runs in 1961. 

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