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Babe Ruth on the Foundation of Faith

This is Babe Ruth’s last message. It was written with the help of friends Joe L. Brown (of the MGM Studios which produced The Babe Ruth Story), Paul Carey, and Melvyn G. Lowenstein not long before the Babe died. The Guideposts office received it on the fatal day–August 16, 1948.

We bring it to our readers as a notable guidepost to the solution of the serious problem of juvenile delinquency, it is the simple, honest story of a man who relearned what faith meant, and who says so humbly and proudly, knowing it was his most valuable legacy to his fellow man.

Bad boy Ruth–that was me.

Don’t get the idea that I’m proud of my harum-scarum youth. I’m not. I simply had a rotten start in life, and it took me a long time to get my bearings.

Looking back to my youth, I honestly don’t think I knew the difference between right and wrong. I spent much of my early boyhood living over my father’s saloon, in Baltimore–and when I wasn’t living over it, I was in it, soaking up the atmosphere. I hardly knew my parents.

St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore, where I was finally taken, has been called an orphanage and a reform school. It was, in fact, a training school for orphans, incorrigibles, delinquents and runaways picked up on the streets of the city.

I was listed as an incorrigible. I guess I was. Perhaps I would always have been but for Brother Matthias, the greatest man I have ever known, and for the religious training I received there which has since been so important to me.

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