Revered by many as the greatest baseball player of all time, he set career records for home runs, RBI, and bases on balls that have since been broken.
When he was seven, his father sent him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, which the police deemed unsuitable for children.
He was known for his bat but he also played pitcher in a career with New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, was known as The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, and The Babe, and had a candy bar named after him in 1921.
He married Helen Wooodford on October 17, 1914, and they adopted their only child, Dorothy, in 1921.
His record for most home runs in a season was surpassed by New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris in 1961.