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It was 70 years ago today that Babe Ruth last appeared at Yankee Stadium, June 13, 1948, when his uniform and number — 3 — were retired at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the House that Ruth Built.
In 1919, the Sultan of Swat, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr., was sold by the Red Sox to the Yankees for $100,000, and played with the team until 1935. The Sox didn't overcome the Curse of the Bambino until 2004, when they won their first World Series since 1918.
Babe Ruth lived at the following addresses: • The Ansonia Hotel, 2109 Bway (1920s) • 345 W. 88th Street (early 1930s) • 173 Riverside Drive (mid/late 1930s and early 1940s) • 110 Riverside Drive (1942-1948)
He married Claire, his second wife, at the Catholic Church of St. Gregory the Great at 144 W. 90th.
Babe's most famous moment has to be his Called Shot Homer at Wrigley Field on October 1, 1932. In the fifth inning, the story goes, responding to heckling from the Cubs bench, Ruth pointed to where he was going to hit the ball for a home run, and then did so. Whether or not this it actually happened this way, Ruth had this to say about it:
"I'll never forget it. It was a tough series. Both teams were riding each other pretty good, doing everything to get each other's goat. One time I went to bat, Charlie Root was pitching. The first pitch was called a strike, and I thought it was outside and didn't like it very much. The boys gave it to me pretty good. The second pitch was another called strike, and I didn't like that, either. I stepped out of the box. They were going crazy. I looked at center field, pointed out there and said, 'I'm going to hit the next pitch right past the flagpole.' Well, the Good Lord must've been with me."
He died in what is now Memorial Sloan-Kettering on August 16th, 1948. His body lay at Yankee Stadium to allow fans to pay their respects. The funeral was held at St. Patrick's and Ruth was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.