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    LIFE.com presents a series of haunting photos -- many of them in color -- of a baseball icon in his twilight years.
    January 6, 2014
    Ben Cosgrove

    Babe addressing the crowd at Yankee Stadium on June 13th 1948 as his number 3 is retired. Ravaged by cancer, he would die two months later.

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    • Ian

      Babe Ruth addressing the crowd at Yankee Stadium on June 13th 1948 as his number 3 is retired. Ravaged by cancer, he would die two months later.

    • Willie Lamb

      In April 1947, the most famous and, arguably, most beloved ballplayer of all-time was honored at Yankee Stadium on “Babe Ruth Day

    • **AmY SoHnS**

      June 3, 1948 - Babe Ruth Addressing The Crowd At Yankee Stadium As His "# 3" Is Retired - Ravaged By Cancer - He Would Die Two Months Later

    • Corey Jackson

      Bambino: Babe Ruth speaks to the crowd at Yankee Stadium. The man that inspired a nation with his 714 career home runs was already sick with cancer, but the droves of fans cheered him on one last time

    • Sandy Mott

      Babe addressing the crowd at Yankee Stadium on June 13th 1948 as his number 3 is retired.

    • Overtime Connection

      Some people become heroes. Others become legends #BabeRuth #thegambino #TheBabe

    • Annette Estrada

      Babe Ruth Fairwell Address, Yankee Stadium Time/Life Cover by Ralph Morse

    • Joan Anderson

      Babe Ruth in his NY Yankee uniform~ rare color photo

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