In the public eye, sports superstars are as much celebrities, as they are athletes. As a focal point of public admiration and passion, these superstars’ stories can spin out of control. Unlike any other sports figure up until this time, Babe Ruth walked in the shoes of a legendary athlete and celebrity. The public adored him. Babe seemed larger than life. Over time, from when Babe was active on the playing field until the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win in 2004, the stories that have surrounded the Babe have also become larger than life. And in some ways, the Babe has become almost a Paul Bunyan-like figure whose stories have become a part of American lore. Here’s a sampling of some of those stories.

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