70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

  • FILE - This 1923 file photo shows New York Yankees Babe Ruth, who died of cancer Aug. 16, 1948. Considered by many to be the greatest player in baseball history, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox great set home run records that stood for decades and remains one of the sport’s defining figures. (AP Photo, File)

  • Items left by visitors decorate the grave of George Herman “Babe” Ruth and Claire Ruth at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Seventy years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to his grave with tributes: baseballs, bats, beer and more. The indelible slugger and larger-than-life personality died Aug. 16, 1948. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Amid the serene graves at Gate of Heaven Cemetery sits the one where visitors leave baseballs and bats instead of bouquets, tributes to a baseball superstar who still outshines others seven decades after his death.