The death of Babe Ruth, as told by the headlines of the day

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On Aug. 16, 1948, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, the most sky-scraping and luminous ballplayer ever to kick a toe into the bag, died of throat cancer at the age of 53.

On this, the anniversary of his passing, let's look back at some contemporaneous newspaper headlines that, in their large and bold fonts and "above the fold" placement, bannered not only the news of Ruth's death but also his inexpressible importance to baseball and America.

From the front page of the New York Times:

(Image: Mitchell Archives)

More from the Times:

(Image: The Deadball Era, which has readable images of much of the Times' coverage of Ruth's death)

(Image: The Deadball Era)

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(Image: The Deadball Era)

The San Francisco Examiner:


The Raleigh Times:


The Leominster Daily Enterprise:


The Sporting News:

(Image: Inherited Values)

The Toronto Globe and Mail:


The Baltimore News-Post:


The New York Daily News:


The New York Daily Mirror:


The Derby Daily Telegraph (England):

(Image: The British Newspaper Archive)

Finally, if you're so inclined on this day, then go read about Ruth's singular life and times and lose your way in the sprawling brilliance of his numbers.

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