George 'Babe' Ruetz


George 'Babe' Ruetz

Date of Birth: September 23, 1893, in Racine, Wisconsin

Date of Death: May 24, 1927, in Racine, Wisconsin (33 years old)


Rockford (IL) Morning Star - Published 05/26/27

Did you know?

Howie Ruetz, who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1951 - 1953, was his son. 

Howie was not born until three months after his dad died in May of 1927. 

Someone once wrote about him, "Babe Ruetz not only played football and managed

Racine football teams. He had foresight. He envisioned the day when the then rowdy

game of professional football would no longer be looked on with mistrust" -

He is incorrectly listed in many places as having died on May 24, 1997.



1923 Racine Legion (NFL)

1924 Racine Legion (NFL)

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