The Homes of Babe Ruth
The Ansonia Hotel
Babe Ruth spent the majority of his "single" (I put single in quotation marks because he was married at the time, to his first wife, Helen Woodford, but was not, in any way, faithful to her) life as a New York Yankee - his years of hard living, drinking and womanizing - living 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 devoloped all around it during the decades since its birth.
The actual room where the Babe lived has been lost to history, but you can just imagine the Babe coming home, late at night, causing all sorts of havoc within the walls of the Ansonia.
From the outside, the Ansonia shows its 109 years of age, which to me, adds to its history and lore. Compare the two pictures - one taken today, and one taken a century ago - and you could safely conclude that the Babe would recognize his former home today, 65 years after his death.
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 as 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 Ansonia has a very historic baseball past.
345 West 88th Street, Manhattan, New York
After the Babe married Claire Hodgson, they moved here, to her 11 room apartment at 345 West 88th Street in Manhattan, New York.
110 Riverside Drive, Manhattan, New York
Babe Ruth spent the later years of his life living here, 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 up until he died in August of 1948.
Homeplate Farm, 558 Dutton Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts
The homeplate farm was a getaway for Babe Ruth during the early to mid 1920s. He stayed here with his first wife Helen, and their daughter Dorothy. The Babe 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. The Babe's 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 (Babe Ruth didn't own Homeplate farm at the time of this story - he rented a nearby cabin) is during a particularly rowdy and raucous party, the Babe wheeled a piano onto a nearby pond, intending to play it for his guests, only to have it fall through the ice and sink 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 Babe Ruth legend, found a small piece of wood from a piano located in the pond. It is impossible to verify if it this particular piece was a former member of the piano belonging to the Babe, but it only adds to the legend.