The adopted daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth, Julia Ruth Stevens, died on March 9, 2019, in a nursing home located in Henderson, Nevada. She was 102 years old. This was verified by her son Tom who told the Globe his mother died in her sleep.
In 1929 at the age of 12, Ruth married Stevens’ mother and legally adopted her.
Written on the Babe Ruth Central’s Facebook page by the family was a post stating that it was with a heavy heart that they must let the world know Julia Ruth Stevens died after a short illness on March 9. Stevens was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, and grandmother. She has a wonderful life for 102 years.
Last month in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal Stevens said her father taught her how to bowl and dance. She remembered he took her on a trip with ballplayers to Japan in a celebration of her graduation from high school.
She also discussed a time she was hospitalized as a young adult, Ruth donated his blood to give her a blood transfusion.
Born in 1916 in Athens, Georgia, Steven’s wrote several books about her famous father and continued to receive fan mail this year. Her son Tom survives her.
Written by Barbara Sobel
The New York Times: Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth’s Daughter, Dies at 102
Boston Globe: Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth’s last surviving child, dies at 102
Las Vegas Review Journal: Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of Babe Ruth, dies at 102
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