This Is The Last Known Photograph Of Babe Ruth

A Dying Babe Ruth In Memorial Hospital July 29, 1948

Last Photo of Babe Ruth in hospital  July 29 1948New York – Babe’s Most Recent Picture – This picture, taken at Memorial Hospital here July 29, is believed to be the last picture of the baseball idol. It was made just before the Babe’s most recent relapse. With him is Steve Broidy of Allied Artists movie studio, who is presenting Ruth with a check for the Ruth Foundation for underprivileged children. The homerun king’s condition today was critical.  photo – AP, August 11, 1948

Babe Ruth June 13, 1948 in Yankee locker room

Babe Ruth June 13, 1948 in Yankee locker room

On June 13, 1948 just six weeks prior to the above photograph being taken, Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium and put on his old uniform for the last time as his number three was retired by the Yankees. After the ceremony the uniform would be shipped off to Cooperstown to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The day was hailed as Silver Anniversary Day at Yankee Stadium officially marking the 25th anniversary of “The House That Ruth Built.” Sixteen members of the 1923 Yankees came to the ceremony and even participated in a two inning old-timers game against a team of Yankee all-stars from other years.   But everyone was there to see the man himself, Babe Ruth.

Friends and old teammates lined up and approached Babe before the ceremony and he obligingly signed autographs for everyone. After others had spoken, Ruth emerged from the dugout to a huge ovation and made a short speech in a raspy voice telling the crowd how happy he was to be present, how proud he was to be the first man to have hit a home run at Yankee Stadium and how glad he was to be with his old friends again.

Babe Ruth, William Bendix and a studio executive on the set of The Babe Ruth Story

Babe Ruth, William Bendix and a studio executive on the set of The Babe Ruth Story

Returning to the story of our original photograph, the last one of Babe Ruth, the emaciated Babe was probably happy to receive a check for the film The Babe Ruth Story, based on his life . But he could not have been pleased with the film which starred William Bendix. The movie had just opened July 26 and the entire proceeds from the premiere at The Astor Theatre went to Babe’s foundation.

Bendix is woefully miscast and the script is horrible. The film is so bad that it is laughable at even the most tender moments. It is best comparable to an Ed Wood movie in its absurdness. One over the top ridiculous scene, portrays Ruth hitting a stray dog on the field with a batted ball. Ruth rushes over to the dog and leaves the ballpark to personally rush the dog, not to a veterinary hospital, but a human hospital to save the dog’s life! Babe then gets suspended for missing the game. None of this of course ever happened in reality.

On August 16, 1948 the world mourned when it was announced Babe Ruth had succumbed to throat cancer at the age of 53. His funeral lasted two days as fans lined up to pay their respects to the Sultan of Swat as he lay in state at Yankee Stadium. And yes, there are photographs of Ruth in his casket, but the one of Ruth with Broidy is the last known published photograph showing the Babe alive.

7 thoughts on “This Is The Last Known Photograph Of Babe Ruth

  1. Roger Sheats

    I have an original, one-of-one, photo of Babe Ruth at 1935 Spring Training Camp in Silver Springs, Fla. noted and dated on its back in blue pen ink. Only one like it. Who would be interested in buying such a thing?

  2. Ray scott

    As far as I see it no man has never nor will ever put on such a game on the diamond like the babe did.the man put his heart and soul into the game. for so many of us there will never be another babe Ruth. He was a king on the field.if there were a god of baseball, my god in heaven would name him babe ruth. So for those that say things like babe Ruth’s photos, his bat, glove, cap shoes , are not important. Nobody has any idea who they are so what they say really aint important any way . we miss you babe every time we play the game,watch a game we think of you, we love you, we miss you,and we will never stop. You will always live in our hearts Babe Ruth

  3. roger ganas

    it reads above- “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”. Well to that I say- so is my drinking habit. Cheers!

    1. John Scarritt

      I feel for you. Mine got so bad I had to quit. Tried EVERYTHING, AA, Naltraxone, therapy you name it. Finally one day the “Switch went off” and I didn’t drink anymore. Good thing because I was running out of vertebrae to break and places to cut with broken glass from a fall. Now a whole lot easier to go back to changing the world and other trivial pursuits.


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