Last surviving daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth dies at 102

Last surviving daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth dies at 102
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1929: Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run off right-hander Willis Hudlin at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. He would go on to hit a total of 714 homers in his career for a record that would stand until broken by Hank Aaron in 1974.

Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth, died Saturday, according to her son Tom Stevens.

Julia Stevens, her son said, was 102 years old and died at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness. She will be buried in New Hampshire, where she used to live, and would have been 103 in July, he said.

“She lived a full life and tried to do her very best … to perpetuate the legacy of the Babe in a positive way,” Tom Stevens said of his mother.

Stevens said survivors other than himself are Julia Stevens’ two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He described his mother as being “Babe’s biggest fan,” something she considered to be one of the most important roles in her life.

People who met her remembered her warmth, Stevens said. Fans really liked to chat with her about Babe because, Stevens said, “Having lived so long she was the only one left who could do it.”

Babe Ruth had a legendary 22-year baseball career in which he played mainly with the New York Yankees, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Ruth also spent time with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves, ESPN states. His career included 714 home runs and four World Series titles. He was also one of the five inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.