Babe Ruth appeared in 10 movies over his career. That’s more films than home runs he hit during his first four seasons playing major league baseball. The Sultan of Swat has also been portrayed in more films than most.
William Bendix played the role in The Babe Ruth Story in 1948, Ramon Bieri played Babe Ruth in A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story in 1977, John Goodman was The Babe in 1992, Art LaFleur played the ghost of Babe Ruth in The Sandlot in 1993, and Brian Dennehy plays the voice of Babe Ruth in Everyone’s Hero in 2006.
Here are the movies where Babe Ruth was cast (as himself mostly) and gained his Hollywood fame, alphabetically. Many are short films, and they are all black & white, as Technicolor was not invented until 1932.
Babe Ruth makes his motion picture debut and plays a country boy who the locals consider useless. No one takes him seriously until he hits a ball through a church window. (1 hour, 11 minutes.)
Babe Ruth returns from a duck-hunting trip to a cabin shared by musicians Zez Confrey and Byron Gay, and the three of them knock off a little highly-forgettable ditty on the piano. (9 minutes.)
Acclaimed film about Lou Gehrig, the famed baseball player stricken with a terminal disease, ALS, commonly referred to today as Lou Gehrig's Disease. (2 hours, 8 minutes.)
Harold "Speedy" Swift has a fatal attraction for baseball that always causes him to lose his jobs. So he becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium. (1 hour, 25 minutes.)
You can enjoy these movies or clips through the links above. And be sure to share your comments on your favorite film moments featuring Babe Ruth in the comments below.
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