Nell Wilson was Babe Ruth’s mistress in the early 1920s. Today, 8 April, a handwritten letter from the legendary baseball player addressed to Wilson sold at auction for more than $200,000 dollars. We take a look at the relationship between Nell Wilson and Babe Ruth and the contents of the letter.
Who was Babe Ruth?
Babe Ruth is one of the best known and most celebrated baseball players of all time.
He was born George Herman Ruth Jr on 6 February 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was one of eight children and was sent to the St Mary’s Industrial School for Boys after misbehaving and skipping school. It was here that he discovered his passion and talent for baseball.
Babe Ruth gained his nickname after he was signed by Jack Dunn, the owner of Baltimore’s Orioles, at only 19. He was jokingly named ‘one of Jack’s babes’ and the name seems to have stuck.
His baseball career spanned over 22 seasons and broke many of baseballs toughest records. This includes the highest slugging percentage in a season (0.69), and the career record for home runs, with 714 overall.
In 1936 Ruth was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the award’s first year. Unfortunately, the baseball star was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1946 and died on 16 August 1948 at the age of 53.
Babe Ruth’s first wife was waitress Mary Ellen “Helen” Woodford. The pair met in a Boston coffee shop and got married when Ruth was only about 19 years old.
However, Helen tragically died in a house fire in January 1929. Ruth then remarried Clarie Merrit in April of the same year.
Who was Babe Ruth’s mistress, Nell Wilson?
There is little information about Babe Ruth’s alleged mistress, Nell Wilson, online. However, we do know that the letter sent to her was written around 1922 so the pair were lovers at least 8 years into Ruth’s marriage with Helen Woodford.
Babe Ruth also had another mistress named Juanita Jennings. Ruth and Jennings had a child together called Dorothy Helen Ruth, born in 1921.
The letter from Ruth to Nell Wilson was found kept and preserved in Wilson’s scrapbook among many other pieces of memorabilia from that time.
What was in the letter?
Over a hundred years ago, baseball player Babe Ruth wrote a letter to his mistress Nell Wilson, trying to arrange a meeting without his wife’s knowledge.
The note states: “Dear Nell, very sorry but my wife jumped over on me without me knowing it this is the first time she ever did that she is watching me so don’t get mad and I will see you Monday night.”
Ruth also wrote that the only way he could see her is if she stopped by the Aldine Hotel, as “the club is watching”. He added: “Nell, don’t call me up”, in order to avoid his wife discovering his affair.
The letter was just bought at auction by an undisclosed buyer who spent $201,851 on this piece of sporting history.
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