Number Three: Babe Ruth
While everyone knows that Babe Ruth was an elite pitcher in his day, his offensive prowess overshadows just how good he was, especially while putting up monster numbers at the plate.
In just six years, Ruth started 143 games, earning an 89-46 record, and recording a 2.19 ERA. He struck out 483 batters, and had a WHIP of 1.142. During this same stretch, Ruth recorded a .308 batting average, and hit 224 RBIs, 49 home runs, 342 hits, a slugging percentage of .568 and an on base percentage of .413.
During this time, Ruth aided in three World Series victories, in 1915, 1916, and 1918. It was not until Ruth went to the Yankees that he became a star, and arguably, the greatest hitter of all time. Ruth’s years as a pitcher in Boston demonstrated his unparalleled versatility as a player; making him not only one of the greatest offensive players of all-time but one of the Red Sox greatest pitchers as well.
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