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Babe Ruth Hit Home Runs, But His Foundation Struck Out

Babe Ruth's biographer, the sports writer Leigh Montville, has written that the famous baseball player's early years, spent mostly in an orphanage, are covered in a fog that settles over everything and will not leave.1 This description also fits the private foundation set up in Ruth's name 15 months before he died at age 53 in August of 1948. Sixty years later, the Babe Ruth Foundation is almost completely

Mary C. Moran is the principal of MCM Planned Giving Services in Boston.

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