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Babe Ruth, 53, succumbs to throat cancer

Updated: August 13, 2002, 1:56 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 16, 1948

Babe Ruth, the man who transformed baseball with his powerful swing, dies of cancer of the throat after a two-year battle with the disease. He was 53.

Ruth, who set home-run records for a season (60) and a career (714), had been in critical condition for the past five days at Memorial Hospital in New York. Tonight, he slips into a partial coma. Ruth's wife Claire, their two adopted daughters, his sister and several close friends are at his bedside when ...

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