Babe Ruth was idolized and beloved
by millions of Americans, especially children.
When he died, at 8:01 p.m. on August 16, 1948
at the age of 53, America lost a truely great
mythic hero, as well as the greatest player ever
to play the game. He lay in state in "the
House that Ruth Built" for two days as more
than 200,000 individuals paid their last respects.
An invitation to Ruth's funeral can be seen below.
Distraught dads lifted their sons up for one final
look. To the left is a rose that lay on Ruth's
Three days later, Ruth's funeral was held at
St. Patrick's Cathedral. Tens of thousands were
in the streets outside while tens of thousands
more lined the funeral procession route. Ruth's
former teammates served as his pallbearers. Claire
Ruth, Babe's widow, lived on at their apartment
at 100 Riverside Drive for another 28 years until