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The Homes of Babe Ruth

Updated on August 17, 2017

The Ansonia Hotel

Babe Ruth spent the majority of his "bachelor" life here as a New York Yankee. I put bachelor in quotes because while he was married at the time to his first wife, Helen Woodford, he was certainly not faithful to her. He lived hard by drinking and womanizing at the Ansonia Hotel, located on 2109 Broadway in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York.

The Ansonia, now an upscale condominium complex, is characterized by its old-world architecture and its trademark gargoyles perched at the top of the building, overlooking the Broadway area. Although extremely beautiful, it sticks out and looks oddly out of place as new buildings have been developed around it during the following decades.

The actual room where the Babe lived in has been lost to history, but you can just imagine him coming home late at night and causing all sorts of havoc within the walls of the building.

From the outside, the Ansonia shows its 118 years of age. To me, this adds to its history and lore. Compare the modern photo above to the one below that was taken a century ago. You could safely conclude that Ruth would recognize his former home today, 69 years after his death.

The Ansonia a century ago. The Babe would still recognize it as home. The view is from the opposite side from the modern picture.
The Ansonia a century ago. The Babe would still recognize it as home. The view is from the opposite side from the modern picture. | Source

In the fall of 1919, the Ansonia Hotel was also the meeting place for many of the initial conferences between gamblers and a few corrupt ball players of the Chicago White Sox. It was here where they made their plans to throw the World Series to the underdog Cincinnati Reds.

When you consider that the Ansonia was once the home of baseball's greatest legend and also housed the proceedings of the worst event in baseball history, it's easy to conclude that the building is an important location for the history of the sport.

345 West 88th Street, Manhattan, New York

After Ruth married Claire Hodgson, they moved to her 11-room apartment at 345 West 88th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Babe Ruth would call this apartment home.
Babe Ruth would call this apartment home. | Source

110 Riverside Drive, Manhattan, New York

Ruth spent the later years of his life living at 110 Riverside Drive with his second wife Claire, his daughter Dorothy, and his stepdaughter Julia. He moved here in 1942 and would stay here until he died in August of 1948.

110 Riverside Drive.
110 Riverside Drive.

Home Plate Farm, 558 Dutton Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts

The Home Plate Farm was a getaway for Ruth during the early to mid 1920s. He stayed here with his first wife Helen and their daughter Dorothy. He tried his hand at raising chickens and other barnyard creatures, but the farm life, and all of the work that goes with it, wasn't his style. This former residence was actually on the market late last year. The asking price was $1.65 million, complete with ash stains on the floor where the Babe used to smoke his cigars.

One of the most popular legends surrounding this home took place at a pond near the property (Ruth didn't own Home Plate Farm at the time of this story, he rented a nearby cabin.) During a particularly rowdy and raucous party, he wheeled a piano onto a frozen pond, intending to play it for his guests. It fell through the ice and sank to the bottom. There have been numerous attempts to recover the piano over the years, but each attempt has proved futile unti just recently. Kevin Kennedy, a man obsessed with proving the reality of this legend, found a small piece of wood from a piano in the pond. It is impossible to verify if this particular piece was a former member of the piano belonging to the Babe, but it only adds to the legend.

The Home Plate Farm. Ruth lived here from 1922-1926.
The Home Plate Farm. Ruth lived here from 1922-1926.

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      Brian Greco 2 years ago

      I thought he lived at 409 edgecomb ave. 155st and st nicholas ave??

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      J mccoy 3 years ago

      12217 Sunshine Lane, Treasure Island, Florida

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      jon p hansen 3 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Jeff, no I am not sure where that would be. To tell you the truth, I was even unfamiliar that he lived in that area.

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      Jeff Baker 3 years ago

      Jon - Do you know the address and street of the home that Babe Ruth lived in around Treasure Island/St Petersburg, Florida? 1935 I believe.

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      jon p hansen 4 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      I did not know that. Thanks for sharing!

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      As additional information, The Babe was treated for cancer at the French Hospital loacted at 330 West 30h Street (now the French Apartments), which was opened 1928 by the Societe Francaise de Bienfaisance. Baseball legend Babe Ruth was operated on here for cancer in December 1946.