How tall was Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth's Height

6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)

George Herman was an American baseball player who played for The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. On his passport, his height was listed as being 6ft 1.5.

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Average Guess (11 Votes)
6ft 1.48in (186.6cm)
Canson said on 23/Apr/19
@Bobby: he may have just been a strong 6’1” like 6’1.25 at a low
bobbh3342 said on 21/Apr/19
either ruth is 6'1 or ted williams is 6'4 because teds got a lot on him
Sexton1 said on 19/Nov/18
This is about right I think. In photos Ruth often looks shorter than people this tall or shorter (e.g., Gehrig, who was a strong six footer). But I put this down to his very relaxed posture, in particular when he was older and his weight had really ballooned.

Rob, you should do a page for DiMaggio as well. Like Ruth in the 20s and early 30s, biggest celebrity in the country, arguably, in the late 30s and 40s, and a good one for this site as his height is genuinely "controversial" (listed 6-2, couldn't have been that, I'd say, when you see pictures of him next to someone like Ted Williams, who at almost 6-4 towers over him).
Dusty said on 21/Oct/17
Hey where's the 5 foot 6 Jose Altuve
TJ said on 7/Oct/17
Rob do you do other baseball players?
Editor Rob: not really got many on here.
Slim 6' said on 6/Oct/17
As listed.
Tall In The Saddle said on 11/Mar/17
There are a ton of photos with Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, the two biggest names in American sport during the 1920s. Jack Dempsey was 6 ft 1/2". In every standing photo with Ruth, Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, is the taller of the two. I would say Babe Ruth was 6 ft tops.
Ian C. said on 24/Dec/16
I'll tell you the truth, Rampage, I don't really know that much about baseball, but it is my understanding that the balls and bats have remained unchanged for over ninety years. Maybe the pitching mounds have been raised or lowered. The ballparks have always been of various sizes, so it is easier to hit a home run in some parks than others, but the game's particulars have been kept fairly constant. I can't see how pitching could have changed that much, since the act of throwing a baseball is basic and simple, and there can't be much that can be done to make the ball go faster or curve more sharply.

Baseball records tend to be remarkably durable. I think Mickey Mantle still holds the record for the longest ball. Nolan Ryan's fastball is still close to the fastest ever recorded. What I mean is, training and technique are dominated in importance by raw talent. Roger Maris broke Ruth's season home run record while smoking and guzzling beer every day of his life. Mantle was one of the most successful batsmen of all time, and an habitual drunkard. Training can't have much to do with success in baseball when men can break records in it while abusing themselves like Hunter Thompson. (I'll have to concede that steroids have greatly improved some players' performance, but even the steroid boys can't equal Ruth, whose performance enhancing drug was beer.)

Ruth was just God's own baseball player. I doubt if he worked at it, or even thought about it all that much. He just had the talent.
Josh Jeffords said on 17/Nov/16
I a bit surprised he was small as a child but heavy.
Then he sprouted to 6 1 or a rapper 6 3.
6 6 seems crazy what little evidence is out there suggest 6 foot to 6 2.
There were taller folks than him when he was you before he got fat.
He was one of the best all time no question modern drug athletes don't compare.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/16
@Ian C: Far from it...the science behind sport has evolved dramatically and his records have been pulverised many times over. I doubt he'd be a pro if he was in this era.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/16
@Ian C: Far from it...the science behind sport has evolved dramatically and his records have been pulverised any times over. I doubt he'd be a pro if he was in this era.
Ian C. said on 20/Dec/15
Is it not odd that one of the most athletic Americans of the twentieth century was overweight? I have read that, if a magically cloned Babe Ruth were to play professional baseball today, he would still be the best batsman in the game. Other classic ballplayers like Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig looked like supermen, but the Babe just looked like your Uncle Dave in pajamas and knee socks and a baseball cap.
C said on 12/Jul/15
Could you add more mlb players it is my fsvorite sport and I would like to see if the listing are fraudulent
mande2013 said on 18/Apr/15
Why aren't there more MLB players on here? Rob, is it because you're from Scotland, and so most baseball players just aren't on your radar?
Brad said on 13/Apr/15
I doubt it. He'd like to trade places with Festah, Sheldon or Blinky, the RCA Building autograph crew of the 80's.
Brad said on 7/Apr/15
6' 6". Hate it. Ruth had a powerful swing much like Reggie Jackson.
5ft10guy said on 6/Apr/15
I've read a few articles stating he was a tall baseball player at the time and they said his height was 6ft but compared to the baseball players today they are built taller and bigger..I also played MLB games stating his height at 6ft and I remember this clearly. I don't think he was that big
Mathew said on 6/Apr/15
Arch Stanton says on 6/Apr/15
Brad, assuming it's the same one as Bieber page, is 6 ft 6 I think, and he's not one of the fake "I'm 6 ft 6" type posters either. He really is.


I thought he was supposed to be 6'5".
Sam said on 6/Apr/15
Yeah, played by John Goodman so gives the idea that he was a mountain of a man, but a bit of an underwhelming biopic.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Apr/15
Brad, assuming it's the same one as Bieber page, is 6 ft 6 I think, and he's not one of the fake "I'm 6 ft 6" type posters either. He really is.
Gonzalo said on 6/Apr/15
A couple of inches shorter than Gary Cooper in The pride of the yankees. 1,87 seems accurate for Ruth
jtm said on 5/Apr/15
thought he was shorter.
Jack said on 4/Apr/15
Never thought I'd see a baseball player on here. What made you decide to add him, Rob?
[Editor Rob: the 6ft 1.5 on the passport sam mentioned was quite specific, and since a big name in America, I think it's fine to give him a place. ]
Height183 said on 4/Apr/15
Brad, how tall are you by the way? You never told us
Brad said on 3/Apr/15
My father met him many times outside the stadium, both were same height, 6' 1".
Celebheights 6'1.5"-6'2" said on 3/Apr/15
I'm basing this off of the fact that Jay Z is Alex Rodriguez's height.
Celebheights 6'1.5"-6'2" said on 3/Apr/15
He's 186-187 CM in my opinion. Would you please do a page for Alex Rodriguez? I think that he's more 186-187 CM than 190-191 CM.
Mathew said on 3/Apr/15
He was listed at 6'2" a lot, I reckon 6'1.5" looks right for Ruth.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/15
Pretty tall for his generation. For some reason I always thought he was small.
Sam said on 3/Apr/15
I think that's an accurate one, thanks for adding. In The Pride of the Yankees, he looks a solid couples inches under Gary Cooper but was a bit older. The real Lou Gehrig was listed as 6'0" but only seemed to be a tad shorter than Ruth. I'm guessing Gehrig was actually more like 6'0.5"-6'0.75" range.
Judd said on 3/Apr/15
i have always believed he was 6'1" and i still think now. He was listed 6'1" in the most of the sites i remember.

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