Harleysville’s Baseball Player Eric Ruth Looking to Follow in his Yankees Namesake’s Footsteps

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Harleysville’s Eric Ruth is working hard on achieving the lofty goal he set for himself that would see him become the first Ruth to make the major leagues since the legendary Babe, writes Billy Witz for The New York Times.

Harleysville native Eric Ruth aims to follow in his famous namesake Babe Ruth’s footsteps now he is playing for the New York Yankees. (Image via the New York Times)

While he cannot find a definitive familial link to the famous baseball player, Ruth is well aware of his namesake’s place in baseball history.

However, Ruth was not immediately drafted after his senior season in 2013 at Winthrop University.

It was his college pitching coach, Clint Chrysler, who managed to persuade the Yankees scout Scott Lovekamp to sign him.

The decision paid off. In his three full seasons as part of the Yankees’ system, his earned run average has been continuously improving, going down from 3.67 to 3.20.

“You always have outliers, someone that comes up from out of nowhere,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.

Ruth even once got to wear the No. 3 jersey, the number made famous by Babe, when his own jersey went missing and that was the only available replacement.

“I actually pitched that game, so it was kind of fun,” he said.

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