Born George Herman Ruth, Jr. on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland, Ruth was raised by his parents, Kate Schamberger-Ruth and George Herman Ruth, Sr., in a poor waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. The Babe was one of eight children born to the couple, and one of only two that survived infancy. At the age of 7, the trouble-making Ruth became too much of a handful for his busy parents. Routinely caught wandering the dockyards, drinking, chewing tobacco, and taunting local police officers, his parents finally decided he needed more discipline than they could give him. Ruth's family sent him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a Catholic orphanage and reformatory that became Babe's home for the next 12 years.