2. Babe Ruth: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Babe Ruth, arguably the greatest baseball player of all time is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, about forty-five minutes north of New York City. Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in November of 1946. After a couple of years struggling with the terminal illness, he succumbed to death on July 26, 1948 in Memorial Hospital in Manhattan.
In lieu of a funeral home, Ruth’s casket was taken to Yankee Stadium where it remained for two days, during which 77,000 people paid tribute to him. After a funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ruth was buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery was established by the trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1916, and consecrated by the Archbishop of New York in 1918. Since then the cemetery has interred over 190,000 Catholics. In addition to Babe Ruth, some other prominent Catholics buried there include Jimmy Walker, Mayor of New York City, actor James Cagney, and actress Anna Held.