Next to George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, there may not be another iconic figure in the history of the United States who is said to have slept in more houses across America.
But Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat who barnstormed and vacationed in myriad locales from Maryland to Massachusetts to New York, runs a very close third.
Now, one of the homes that The Babe actually owned can be yours — if you have $1.65 million and care to live in the bucolic Sudbury real estate market in Massachusetts, just a few miles west of Boston — the city that was for decades “cursed” without a World Series win after the Red Sox traded the Herculean Ruth to the New York Yankees.
If there’s any doubt about Ruth’s connection to the Sudbury estate, just take note of its name: Home Plate Farm. The 5,124-square-foot home at 558 Dutton Rd. even contains a Babe Ruth memorabilia room on the third floor.
According to listing agent Scott Adamson of Coldwell Banker, Ruth lived in the home from 1922 through 1926, which places his ownership after Ruth’s trade to the Bronx.
The 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Colonial is a picture of New England perfection, with renovations and a gourmet kitchen inside a neat exterior that exudes the charm of its 1800’s origin, but refinished with modern systems and materials to make it turn-key ready. According to Anderson:
This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own a piece of history. The current homeowners have transformed this antique property into a magnificent home with all the amenities that today’s home buyers seek. One of many highlights of the property is the barn, which can be used for multiple purposes.
While Red Sox Nation agonized over the loss of Ruth, who played in Boston from 1914 through 1919, the slugger went on to win seven World Series championships in the Bronx. During his 21-year career, Ruth set the Major League home-run record at 714 — the mightiest of baseball milestones that stood until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.
But the beauty of history is that it keeps on living. The Babe’s former house proves that.
According to Adamson, traces of Ruth are still embedded in the home — literally, in the form of burn marks in the floorboards where Ruth is said to have flicked his ashes. And according to the Associated Press:
The home is also not far from Willis Pond, where the remains of a piano that reportedly once belonged to Ruth is thought to be submerged. Legend has it that Ruth, who rented a hunting cabin on the pond, pushed an upright piano onto the ice one winter during a party, then left it there until the ice melted and the piano plunged into the water.
Whether or not Babe’s piano is still sitting under Willis Pond, America’s great home-run hitter continues to make sweet music in real estate.