Babe RuthOn August 16, 1948, one of the game’s most charismatic figures passes away. Home run king Babe Ruth succumbs to throat cancer at the age of 53. Three weeks earlier, Ruth had made his last public appearance at the premiere of the movie, “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936, hit 714 career home runs and was part of seven World Series-winning teams.