Friday, March 27, 2009

Hawthorne, New York: Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven

Baseball fans have been paying a visit to the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne for years. That's because Babe Ruth is buried there. A woman at the office estimated that more than half of the people who come to the cemetery (and who aren't there for personal reasons) are there to see the Babe. His gravestone is shown, with plenty of baseball trinkets left behind in tribute.

Interestingly enough, if you walk less than 100 feet from the Babe, you'll bump into Billy Martin's grave. More baseball objects have been left there; more Yankee fans apparently leave something for Martin than for the Babe based on that unscientific method.

The office has a map of the other celebrities there -- Fred Allen, Dorothy Kilgallen, Jimmy Cagney, Sal Mineo, Mayor Jimmy Walker, Fred Allen. Many people who had funerals at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York are here, leaving the cemetery beautiful but very crowded. And it's a little tough to find some of the big names, since the map is a bit general. Still, an interesting place to visit.

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