(By Senators Manchin, Anderson, Wooton, Bailey, Schoonover,

Miller, White, Dittmar, Yoder, Blatnik, Boley,

Buckalew, Dugan, Kimble, Love, Oliverio, Ross, Scott,

Sharpe, Wagner and Wiedebusch)

Requesting the governor to declare February 6, 1995, as Babe Ruth Day.

Whereas, George Herman Ruth was born on February 6, 1895; and
Whereas, While he was the incorrigible son of a saloonkeeper and was sent away to an Industrial School for Boys, George Herman Ruth overcame his trouble-making nature and thus is a role model to all youths in how to transform the direction of their lives; and
Whereas, George Herman Ruth was later nicknamed "Babe" Ruth, "The Great Bambino", and "The Sultan of Swat"; and
Whereas, Ruth was the first sports superstar, the most famous figure in the history of American sports and arguably the greatest all-time American sports hero; and
Whereas, In 2503 games, Ruth had 2873 hits, 2056 walks, 2174 runs, 50 doubles, 136 triples, knocked in 2211 runs and earned a .690 slugging average; and
Whereas, Ruth hit the highest number of home runs in professional baseball in all but three seasons from 1918 to 1931, set the record for a season of 60 home runs in 1927 and set a record of 714 home runs in his career, a record that stood for forty years; and
Whereas, Ruth led the New York Yankees to seven American League pennants and four World Series titles; and
Whereas, Ruth was thus the best offensive player in the history of baseball; and
Whereas, Ruth also achieved early success as a professional pitcher, was an excellent fielder as well and was arguably his sport's most versatile player; and
Whereas, Ruth was selected in 1936 as one of the five charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, Ruth earned nearly $2,000,000 in his twenty-two year career in professional baseball and deserved every penny of it; and
Whereas, Upon his death in 1948, more than 100,000 people viewed Ruth's bier as it rested in the rotunda of Yankee Stadium; and
Whereas, Ruth was the most photographed and celebrated hero of his day and remains a legend to posterity; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the achievements of "Babe" Ruth are duly recognized by the people of the state of West Virginia in this, the centenary year of his birth; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Legislature requests that the governor name February 6, 1995, as Babe Ruth Day in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby requested to forward a copy of this resolution to the governor.