They pass through the tiny row home at a steady clip, 50,000 pilgrims a year on a mission to visit their mecca. Here, in a second-floor bedroom of a narrow little residence on Emory Street, on a bitter cold day in 1895, George Herman Ruth was born.
Humble digs, indeed, for one who'd grow up to be larger than life. But as Lorie Vaughan toured Babe Ruth's birthplace on Tuesday, she said the locale wasn't as important as the aura around it.
"I've been to Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home), which is, by far, a better structure," said Vaughan, of Norfolk, Va. "But, in terms of what it means to me, this place is tops. Babe was the best."