Babe Ruth

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

Birth Name: George Herman Ruth, Jr.

Date of Birth: February 6, 1895

Place of Birth: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Death: August 16, 1948

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Ethnicity: German

Babe Ruth was an American professional baseball player, from 1914 to 1935.

Babe was the son of Catherine/Katherine (Schamberger) and George Herman Ruth. All eight of Babe’s great-grandparents were born in Germany.

Babe had two children, one with his first wife, Helen Woodford, and one with his second wife, actress and model Claire Merritt Hodgson.

Babe’s paternal grandfather was named John Antone/Anton Ruth. John was born in Maryland, to German parents.

Babe’s paternal grandmother was Mary Strodtman (the daughter of John Harman Strodtman and Mary Daverman). Babe’s grandmother Mary was born in Maryland, to German parents. John was born in Hannover.

Babe’s maternal grandparents were Pius Schamberger (the son of Andreas Schamberger) and Johanna “Annie” Schawtze. Pius and Johanna were German.

Sources: Genealogies of Babe Ruth –

Babe’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Babe’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant June 27, 2018 at 12:59 am

many people claim still to this day that he might have been HALF black or having african american roots

i did believe this for a while but i do live in germany and especially in the south (bavaria) this looks which he had is not uncommon
big noses among bavarians are common
look this is Heinz sayn wittgenstein (100 percent german)

savanna December 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

Ruth himself has said: “In the first place I was not an orphan. My mother, whose maiden name was Schanberg, lived until I was 13. My father, George Herman Ruth, lived until my second year in the majors. Few fathers ever looked more like their sons than my pop and I. My mother was mainly Irish, and was called Kate. My father was of German extraction. It is not true that our family name was Erhardt, as has been repeatedly written. Or Ehrhardt, or Gearhardt.”

It’s possible one of his maternal grandparents had Irish heritage.

follers December 4, 2016 at 4:58 am

Either the censuses were wrong or Ruth was.

Perhaps he was thinking about anti-German sentiment in the U.S. at the time.

bearboy December 4, 2016 at 11:04 am

Yes but there were also a lot of anti-Irish sentiments in the U.S. at the time as well.

follers December 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Not the same, because of World War I.

bearboy December 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

True. Follers please confirm Grover Cleveland Alexander. I love baseball :)

andrew July 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm
savanna May 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

There are claims that his mother had partial Irish ancestry.

Smitty June 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

He might be part black or Native American. Who knows and who cares?

A lot of the bigger Germans have his look. The great boxer Max Smelling is a good example. Wide nose, thick brow and big jaw.

travis123 March 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm

babe ruth is fully white

neiltennant June 3, 2018 at 11:26 am

no he does not look german

he looked exactly like those 50 percent black people

the first impression is the right impression
believe me

first i saw him i thought HALF BLACK and this did many people in his lifetime

passingtime85 June 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Babe also reminded me slightly of Edward G Robinson, probably because of the lips/mouth.

neiltennant June 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

wrong comparison

he does not look like him
robinson looks exactly Jewish like sid meltus for example

ruth looked half black

passingtime85 June 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm

You skim alot when you read.

I said they remind me of one another, something about the lips. As Babe aged his lips lost their fullness, but as a younger man they were oddly plump. That’s why he reminds me of Edward G Robinson. Horizontally long, plump lips.

Other people remind me of each other, and they don’t look anything alike, my association is not always purely contingent on exact physical features.

Ruth had an odd look. But I disagree, he didn’t look half black.

Coming Out October 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

id agree, he had a nose on the wider side and thick like a snicker too, not a bad thing

fuzzybear October 21, 2010 at 1:26 am

To Coming out

(had a nose on the wider side and thick like a snicker too)That’s a good one,never heard that before.It wouldn’t be a big shock,lots of white people have recent black blood,I don’t know why other white people get so bend outta shape about it

luckystar July 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

“lots of white people have recent black blood”
Not in America lol
and recent black blood makes you look not white.

fuzzybear44 July 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

you repeatedly prove to me , that you have no idea what your talk about

Mermaid August 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Said to be part African American

follers March 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm

All eight of Ruth’s great-grandparents were German immigrants.

neiltennant June 3, 2018 at 11:27 am

he looked half or 1/4 african american

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