On this day: February 6

Published On: Feb 05 2013 04:58:31 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 06 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.

OTD February 6 - Babe Ruth
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1895: Legendary baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth, who helped the New York Yankees to four World Series titles during his career and was among the five first inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, is born in Baltimore, Maryland. Ruth entered the major leagues as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox but was converted to a right fielder after being purchased by the New York Yankees in 1919. He went on to become one of the league's most prolific hitters, setting career records for home runs (714, since broken), slugging percentage (.690) and RBIs (2,213, since broken). He also held the single-season home run record of 60 until it was broken by Roger Maris in 1961. He died from cancer at the age of 53 on Aug. 16, 1948.

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