11 Sep 1897 1
11 Sep 1900 2
Athens, Georgia 1
25 Oct 1976 1
New York, New York 1

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Full Name:
Clara Mae Merritt Hodgson Ruth 3
Full Name:
Claire Ruth 2
11 Sep 1897 1
11 Sep 1900 2
Athens, Georgia 1
Female 1
25 Oct 1976 3
New York, New York 3
Cause: Cancer 3
Oct 1976 2
Burial Place: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County New York 3
Last Residence: New York, NY 2
George Herman Ruth 3
17 Apr 1929 3
Spouse Death Date: 16 Aug 1948 3
Frank Hodgson 3
Spouse Death Date: 1922 3
Social Security:
Card Issued: New York 2
Social Security Number: ***-**-2967 2

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She is buried next to him at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. The inscription on the headstone lists Claire Ruth's birth year as 1900 instead of 1897.

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Claire Ruth

Claire Merritt Hodgson Ruth, born Clara Mae Merritt (September 11, 1897[1] – October 25, 1976), was a native of Athens, Georgia, United States, who is most famous for having been the second wife of Babe Ruth.

Claire's first husband, Frank Hodgson, died in 1922, leaving her with a daughter, Julia.[2] She met Ruth in 1923. Ruth was still married to Helen Woodford, his first wife, at this time. Woodford died in a house fire in January 1929, and Ruth and Hodgson married that April 17, staying together until Ruth's death in 1948. In later years, she indicated her responsibility, in part, for the poor relationship between her husband and teammate Lou Gehrig. According to Claire, Gehrig's mother indicated that the Ruths' adopted daughter, Dorothy, was not as well dressed as Claire's natural daughter, Julia; when Ruth was informed of this, he angrily demanded that Gehrig never speak to him off the ballfield again. Ruth and Gehrig would not make up until the day of Gehrig's famous "I'm the luckiest man in the world" speech in 1939. Later, Claire admitted that she had overreacted, apologetically accepting full responsibility for the rift between the two players—which, however, had numerous other causes besides the one indicated by Claire.[3]

Claire and Babe Ruth in 1937.

Claire lived to see two of Ruth's most famous records broken: his single season record of 60 home runs, superseded by Roger Maris in 1961; and his career record of 714 home runs, which was broken by Hank Aaron in 1974. In her twilight years, she sometimes attended games that Aaron was playing in, and was supportive of Aaron's effort. The gracious widow Ruth was quoted as saying: "The Babe loved baseball so very much; I know he was pulling for Hank Aaron to break his record."[4]

Mrs. Ruth was portrayed by Claire Trevor in the 1948 film The Babe Ruth Story, by Lisa Zane in the 1991 TV-movie Babe Ruth, by Kelly McGillis in the 1992 film The Babe, and by Renee Taylor in 61*.

The grave of Claire Ruth

Claire Ruth is buried next to her husband at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. The inscription on the headstone lists her birth year as 1900, instead of 1897.

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