9. Babe Ruth: Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Babe Ruth's resting place
Before resting permanently in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Babe Ruth received a heartfelt goodbye from more than 75.000 fans in Yankee Stadium.

Babe Ruth, often regarded as the greatest baseball player of all time, is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, about 45 minutes north of New York City. Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in November of 1946. After a couple of years of struggling with the terminal illness, he passed 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. Since its inception, the cemetery has interred over 190,000 Catholics. Some other prominent Catholics buried there include former New York City mayor Jimmy Walker, actor James Cagney, and actress Anna Held.