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Babe Ruth’s Former Historic Home – “Home Plate Farm” – Offered ($1.65M)

I’m a huge baseball fan, so I had to feature this one: Babe Ruth’s former suburban home outside of Boston, in Sudbury, Massachusetts just hit the market with a $1,325,000 asking price.  Christened “Home Plate Farm” by The Bambino himself, the house was apparently built circa 1800, replacing another old house on the site (circa 1700) that had recently burned down.  Ruth lived in the house from 1922 until 1926, a span during which Ruth slugged nearly 200 home runs & won his only MVP award (1923). 

According to an article in the Boston Herald, there are apparently still burn marks in the wood floors of the living room from The Babe’s cigar ashes that dropped on the floor.  Not surprisingly, the current owners have hosted many visitors at the house, including Ruth’s own daughter, Dorothy Ruth Pirone.  There is a “Babe Ruth Room” in the upstairs, featuring photos & memorabilia of the legend. But perhaps the most interesting — and oddest — story associated with the house is that the current owner’s son, Lee Gavin, was struck in the face by a Manny Ramirez foul ball in 2004, doing some severe damage — including a punctured lip and his front teeth being knocked out.  After he was taken away in an ambulance, word got out that the injured kid lived in Babe Ruth’s old house.  This immediately spawned speculation that the famous “Curse of the Bambino” may have been broken (see one newspaper story here).  Was he a “sacrificial lamb?”  If you don’t follow baseball, the Red Sox did, indeed, break the curse that year — winning their first World Series since Babe Ruth was traded away.

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I’ve included links at the bottom for more information (including 30 pics) about the house, but some quick facts: the house is located at 558 Dutton Road, in Sudbury, Mass.  It features 5,124 sqft of living space (wow), and has 5 BRs and 4 BAs.  Looking at the pictures, it seems the house has been highly-renovated & remodeled, but it may still have a little bit of the “old stuff” (like the wood floors with cigar burns).  Sitting on 2 acres, the property also has a “huge” barn (which looks exceptionally nice).  Some pics:

Front left:

Great Room:

Kitchen:

Third-story Bedroom:

Babe Ruth memorabilia room:

Barn:

Recreation loft:

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* Ira Kantor’s great article in the Boston Herald here.

 

5 Comments

  1. by Dan Hiestand, on 05.08.12 @ 12:58 PM

     

    I have not heard the Lee Gavin story — interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. by Lisa Hassler, on 05.11.12 @ 9:03 AM

     

    Love this story, do you think those cars come with the house? :)

  3. by dorothy sheehan, on 05.12.12 @ 4:07 AM

     

    After WWII my late sister an her husband built a home on the corner of Pratt Mill and Dutton Rd It was a 4 room cape that later beame 6 when they added on the upstair. they had 4 kids and I, the young aunt, used to walk them down by Babe Rut’s old home. A lady would sitting outside in the summertime and would come down the driveway to say hi to the kids.
    This was the period l948 to l958 since my brotherinlaw sold the home in l958. Think Babe’s home was placed in trust; and the town rented it out.
    Think there was some kind of a business in the barn and the kids used to stop by and talk to the horses that were grazing. Mr Garvin did a super job in renovating the home when he lived there.My oldest nephew, now in his 60’s tells me his dad used to cut the grass on the Ruth property
    when he lived on summer St as a kid. Even in the lae 40’s and all of the 50’s Sudbury didnt even have a bus service. Do they have one today…
    A one car family was tough when ou had kids so the single aunt was always available…. It was the good ole days and fond memories

  4. by Michael @ HHB, on 05.12.12 @ 9:26 AM

     

    @Dan…I thought that story was really cool, too!

    @Lisa…That was my immediate thought, too! They couldn’t help but show off those cars a little to show it’s a “nice” barn, huh?

    @dorothy…Thank you so much for sharing some personal experiences regarding this house & neighborhood! It’s always neat to hear stories like that — stuff that only long-time locals would know.

    -Michael@HHB

  5. by Sarah @ housecrazy, on 05.29.12 @ 11:31 AM

     

    Amazing house – so spacious! Thanks for sharing!

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