Walsh wasted no time making money from Ruth’s fame. He got Ruth’s name on more than 100 products.
Ruth advertised candy bars, soda, cigars, and chewing tobacco. He even had his own line of underwear!
Ruth was still very popular when he died in 1948. At the time, Americans were just discovering television. Before long, millions of people would be watching games and ads in their own homes.
Today, social media has made sports stars even more famous—and wealthier. In 2020, LeBron made $60 million—not including his basketball salary. If Ruth were still around, he’d probably find that news very satisfying.