You make the diagnosis . . .

In early childhood little could be done with him behaviorally. He absolutely refused to go to school, even after frequent beatings.

After several years of this, at the age of 7, he was officially declared ‘incorrigible’ and was turned over by his parents to the St. Mary’s Orphanage and Reformatory where he stayed until he was 19.

While he was there, he wrote, “I’m too big and ugly”; but actually he was old enough and good enough as an 8-year-old to play on the 12-year-old’s baseball team.

He left the reformatory at age 19. It was described as if it were “turning a wild animal out of a cage.” He wanted to go every where and see every thing.

If a building had an elevator, he would get in and ride up and down, all day long.

He was described as bigger, louder, and more excitable then anyone else around.

He was up all day and up all night, fast and loose.

He moved to Baltimore, where he married a woman he had met on his first day there.

He seemed to be unable to remember even his friends’ names, so he just called everyone “Kid.”

He wore and changed six silk shirts a day. He made lots of money, but he spent it or gave it all away.

He was well-known in whorehouses.

He received hundreds of letters a day, but he instructed his business manager to throw everything away — except checks and “letters from broads.”

He broke his own home-run record 573 times.

His name was Babe Ruth.

Extracted by John I. Bailey, Jr., MD, from the 1994 Public Broadcasting System Ken Burns special, Baseball – Copyright J. I. Bailey, Jr., 1994