Dorothy Helen <I>Ruth</I> Pirone

Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 18 May 1989 (aged 67)
Durham, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 19874068 · View Source
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Dorothy Ruth Pirone, whose father was Babe Ruth but who did not learn the identity of her natural mother until she was 59 years old, passed away in Durham, Conn. She was 68 years old.

For most of her life, Mrs. Pirone was led to believe that her mother was the baseball star's first wife, Helen. Over the years, Mr. Ruth and his first wife gave conflicting birth dates and details. It was not until 1980 that Mrs. Pirone learned her real mother was Juanita Jennings, a woman she had grown up knowing and loving as a close family friend.

Mrs. Pirone wrote a book about her father, ''My Dad, the Babe,'' which was co-authored by Chris Martens and published on the 40th anniversary of her father's death, Aug. 16, 1988.

Mrs. Pirone, who raised Arabian horses in Durham for more than a dozen years, is survived by four daughters, a son and 12 grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 13 Jun 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 19874068
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone (7 Jun 1921–18 May 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19874068, citing Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Laurie (contributor 2811407) .