When Eleanor, Lou Gehrig’s wife, made a catty remark regarding Claire Ruth’s choice of clothing for her daughter, Babe Ruth refused to speak to Lou Gehrig for six years. It was on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, when the longtime Yankee first baseman uttered the famous words at a home plate ceremony at Yankee Stadium: “For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” After Gehrig gave his “luckiest man” speech at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth threw his arms around the Gehrig and they spoke for the first time in six years.
Final Resting Place:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens Avenue
Hawthorne, New York, 10532
Grave Location:Section 25, Plot 1115, Grave 1
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery turn right at the St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum and continue driving past Sections 43, 42 and 33. At the end of Section 33 and on your right is Section 25. Circle the small section until you see Babe Ruth’s large monument among the evergreen trees. Or if you see Billy Martin’s grave first, walk 150 feet directly behind Martin’s gravesite and you will find the Sultan of Swat.
Grave Location GPS41.090328, -73.796982
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Read More About Babe Ruth:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Confirmed by Gehrig: Ruth called his shot
- Wife’s death opened secrets to personal life of Babe Ruth
- 99 Cool Facts About Babe Ruth
- Babe Ruth - Ladies Man
- Being Babe Ruth's Daughter
- The Official Babe Ruth Website
- Babe Ruth’s Life Is More Tragic Than You Think
- THE BABE’S FAREWELL : 50 Years Ago, an Unmatched Career Came to Unhappy End
- 10 Things You Didn't Know About Babe Ruth
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