George Herman Ruth Jr. was born on February 6, 1895 to George Herman Ruth Sr. and Katherine Schamberger. His mother was a very sickly person and his father worked at a bar. At a young age Ruth stole from the bar and drank the bottom parts of the mugs as well as getting into tobacco. At age 7 Ruth was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for disciplinary action. There he met his role model Brother Matthias a Canadian born priest.