Babe Ruth's Boston-area home for sale

05/07/2012 3:06 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Babe Ruth feeds his chickens at Home Plate Farm in this 1923 photo.(Getty Images)
The original “House That Ruth Built” in The Bronx may be gone, but for a couple million dollars, you can own a house that Babe Ruth at least lived in during his Major League career.

According to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listings, “Home Plate Farm,” the Boston-area home where Ruth hung his Yankees hat from 1922-26, is for sale for the bargain asking price of $1.65 million.

The 5,000-square-foot home in the Boston suburb of Sudbury, Mass. sits on two acres of land and contains five bedrooms and 3 ½ baths.

"This is a great old antique house," said Scott Adamson, the Coldwell Banker Residential broker attached to the listing. “It's got a ton of modern features, but I think Babe Ruth would still recognize it even today because it retains many of the original features."

The estate also includes a 5,000-square-foot barn that features horse stables, sub-divided office space, garage bays, and a full one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and bathroom on the top floor.

The property has undergone many renovations in the last 85 years, but still contains some of Ruth’s “personal touches,” according to the broker, and one room even has burn marks on the floor where Ruth is said to have flicked his cigar ashes.

“This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own a piece of history. The current homeowners have transformed this antique property into a magnificent home with all the amenities that today’s homebuyers seek,” said Adamson.

According to the AP, Angela Pikounis, a spokeswoman from Coldwell Banker’s parent company, also said that the only drawback to purchasing the house may be “the occasional baseball fan who stops by to take a look.”

Ironically enough, Ruth himself might not be rich enough to buy this home if he were alive today; according to records from, The Babe’s total earnings from his two decades in baseball were less than $911,000 – just over half the listing’s asking price.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. comments