Babe Ruth’s old house is up for sale

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

After our last post, it's probably time for some real Yankee memorabilia. And is there a more utilitarian piece of history to own than a home that once belonged to Babe Ruth?

The estate known as "Home Plate Farm" has just been listed by Coldwell Banker for $1.65 million. Located on two acres in Sudbury, Mass., the 5,000-square-foot home features five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and extensive renovations. While the home at 558 Dutton was built in the early 19th century, it's the ownership by Babe Ruth — the baseball star lived there from 1922 to 1926 when he wasn't in New York playing for the Yankees — that provides the real draw. (The Coldwell Banker listing features many more photos.)

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From the Associated Press:

''This is a great old antique house,'' [Coldwell Banker's Scott] Adamson said Monday, estimating the home dates to about 1800. ''It's got a ton of modern features, but I think Babe Ruth would still recognize it even today because it retains many of the original features.''

Now, whoever ends up buying this property will not only require a great deal of money, but also a good amount of patience. Baseball tourists have been known to knock on the door to request a look-see while others simply slow down on the street outside to do their gawking.

But if you're a big baseball fan, it's hard to imagine a more cooler domicile to carry a mortgage on. Not only does the home feature a Babe Ruth memorabilia room, but it's also a short walk from Willis Pond. That's where the Babe supposedly sunk a piano while demonstrating his own strength by pushing it out on the ice during a stay at a nearby cabin in 1918. Though the piano was never found after the ice melted, a local man named Kevin Kennedy has devoted his life to one day finding it. (He insists he's close.)

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In addition to the piano story, the home's current owners — Dennis and Julie Gavin — can share a tale of their own role in ending the 86-year World Series title drought that was supposedly started when Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees. Back in 2004, their son Lee was attending a game at Fenway Park when he was struck by a Manny Ramirez foul ball. Local media seized upon the story, wondering if the teenager's blood — Lee Gavin lost his two front teeth — was enough to wash the Curse of the Bambino away.

Sure enough, the Red Sox went on to win the World Series, giving Boston its first World Series title in almost 90 years — and the Gavins one heck of a selling point in a tough housing market.

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