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The Sultan of Swat
Some 75,000 fans trekked to the "House That Ruth Built" to view the body of the legendary slugger two days after he succumbed to throat cancer on Aug. 16, 1948. Police even agreed to keep Yankee Stadium open until midnight to accommodate as many people as possible, while another 75,000 gathered in and around Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral to attend his funeral service. Ruth's pallbearers included Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey and New York Governor Thomas Dewey. The rain that day matched the mood; as one New York Times columnist put it, "Even the skies wept for the Babe."

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