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    1948 Babe Ruth Funeral Invitation/Ticket & Rose from Ruth's Casket. "Ruth was so thin it was unbelievable," said National League president Ford Frick of the slugging legend after his visit two days prior to his passing at age fifty-three. But even in death, the Babe remained larger than life, and it took two days for every mourner to file past his casket as he lay in state at Yankee Stadium. His body was then moved to St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, where an attendee of the funeral presented this card to gain admission. At the side of Ruth's casket, he claimed this rose as a souvenir of a great American life, pressing it between the pages of a book for safe keeping. This pair of artifacts survives as a memento of the Babe's final packed house, and the end to arguably the greatest chapter in American sports.

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