Arguably the most revered icon in the Roaring Twenties, Babe Ruth (born George Herman Ruth, Jr.) inspired a generation of children to pick up a stick and a ball in America's sandlots. In a country that was struggling to assert itself on the world's stage after the First World War, the "Sultan of Swat" was a larger-than-life figure who easily won the public's adulation and changed the game of baseball forever. He made his debut for the Boston Red Sox on July 11th, 1914, and set several hitting records in a long career that involved a celebrated stint with the New York Yankees.
The Babe is also credited for bringing in the gate receipts that contributed to the financial feasibility of building Yankee Stadium, one of the most recognized ballparks in America. Also associated with Ruth are the Baby Ruth candy bar and nuggets of wisdom like, "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat."