Babe Ruth is one of the most mythologized figures in America’s favorite pastime, but he came with the goods to back it up. His wasn’t a story of failure followed by success so much as a combination of both. Ruth started his baseball career with the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher, winning three World Series with them over five years before he was infamously traded to a rival team, the New York Yankees. Ruth’s star only grew brighter when he came to New York, where he broke several batting records and won four World Series titles at the peak of his career. So how exactly did he fail? Despite setting records as a home run hitter, he also led the American League in strikeouts five different times in his career. He believed that every strike meant that he was one step closer to a home run, exemplifying the idea of trial and error.