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Babe Ruth

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Babe Ruth Famous memorial Veteran

Original Name
George Herman Ruth
Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death
16 Aug 1948 (aged 53)
Upper East Side, New York County, New York, USA
Burial
Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.0903282, Longitude: -73.7969818
Plot
Section 25, Row 115, in the center of Graves 3 and 4
Memorial ID
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player and American legend who was nicknamed "The Great Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat". He was a charter member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. In 1927, he hit 60 home runs, a Major League record that was broken by Roger Maris of the Yankees 34 years later in 1961, although Maris had the advantage of 8 extra games. Ruth began his Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Boston Red Sox in 1915 as a pitcher. In 1919, pitcher-outfielder Ruth hit 29 home runs. In 1920, Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 (which in those days was an astronomical sum of money) in what became known as "The Curse of the Bambino." The Babe was now a full-time outfielder and slugger, playing his home games at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees moved to the brand-new Yankee Stadium in 1923; the ballpark was known as "The House That Ruth Built". Babe hit the first home run in the new stadium. His hitting produced home runs at a record pace, from 54 in his second Yankee season in 1921 to the record 60 homers in 1927. He won 7 World Series championships, three of them with the Boston Red Sox and four with the New York Yankees. The popular belief that Babe Ruth was an orphan is not true. Ruth was born in 1895 in the Camden Yards section of Baltimore, Maryland. The site today is occupied by the new ballpark of the Orioles, "Camden Yards." At the age of 7, he was literally given away to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. His custody was signed over to the operators of the facility, the Xaverian Brothers, a Catholic Order of Jesuits, because of his extremely incorrigible behavior. In 1946, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Surgery & radiation treatments proved ineffective. He lost his battle for life at Memorial Hospital in August 1948. For two days, his body lay in state in the rotunda of Yankee Stadium. Hundreds of thousands of people stood in line to pay their respects. Ruth's Funeral Mass was conducted at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. He was then interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His second wife, Claire, was buried next to him upon her death in 1976.
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player and American legend who was nicknamed "The Great Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat". He was a charter member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. In 1927, he hit 60 home runs, a Major League record that was broken by Roger Maris of the Yankees 34 years later in 1961, although Maris had the advantage of 8 extra games. Ruth began his Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Boston Red Sox in 1915 as a pitcher. In 1919, pitcher-outfielder Ruth hit 29 home runs. In 1920, Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 (which in those days was an astronomical sum of money) in what became known as "The Curse of the Bambino." The Babe was now a full-time outfielder and slugger, playing his home games at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees moved to the brand-new Yankee Stadium in 1923; the ballpark was known as "The House That Ruth Built". Babe hit the first home run in the new stadium. His hitting produced home runs at a record pace, from 54 in his second Yankee season in 1921 to the record 60 homers in 1927. He won 7 World Series championships, three of them with the Boston Red Sox and four with the New York Yankees. The popular belief that Babe Ruth was an orphan is not true. Ruth was born in 1895 in the Camden Yards section of Baltimore, Maryland. The site today is occupied by the new ballpark of the Orioles, "Camden Yards." At the age of 7, he was literally given away to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. His custody was signed over to the operators of the facility, the Xaverian Brothers, a Catholic Order of Jesuits, because of his extremely incorrigible behavior. In 1946, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Surgery & radiation treatments proved ineffective. He lost his battle for life at Memorial Hospital in August 1948. For two days, his body lay in state in the rotunda of Yankee Stadium. Hundreds of thousands of people stood in line to pay their respects. Ruth's Funeral Mass was conducted at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. He was then interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His second wife, Claire, was buried next to him upon her death in 1976.

Inscription

"May the divine spirit that animated Babe Ruth to win the crucial game of life inspire the youth of America!"

Cardinal Spellman

Gravesite Details

Babe Ruth's grave is located approximately 100 feet from Billy Martin's gravesite in the same section of the cemetery. The two graves face in opposite directions.



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  • Added: Apr 25, 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/919/babe-ruth: accessed ), memorial page for Babe Ruth (6 Feb 1895–16 Aug 1948), Find a Grave Memorial ID 919, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.