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St.Pete has ties to baseball greats Ruth and Gehrig

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The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s. The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s.
The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s. The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s.
The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s. On the 7th floor, between the two famous ball player's apartments is a room that has artifacts and memorabilia of the players. The Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg was home to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1930s. On the 7th floor, between the two famous ball player's apartments is a room that has artifacts and memorabilia of the players.
This elevator allowed Lou Gehrig to reach his penthouse on the 7th floor of the Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg. This elevator allowed Lou Gehrig to reach his penthouse on the 7th floor of the Flori de Leon Apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg.
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Just a few blocks from the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg is a seven story concrete and stucco building. Built in the 1920's, the Flori de Leon apartment building was home to two of baseball's most famous players, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The players lived in penthouse suites on opposite ends of the building.  From Gehrig's patio, a grand view of Tampa Bay was once a sight to see, but over the years, high rise apartments have filled in the skyline and diminished the view.

To access his 7th floor apartment, Lou Gehrig had an elevator installed and it is still used today.

Between the two famous apartments is a room that displays photos of the players and artifacts from the building. This display is not open to the public and is for residents only.

The Flori de Leon apartment building is a few blocks from Al Lang Stadium, the site of the first spring training field in Florida.

Babe Ruth played his final spring game here with the Boston Braves after being released from the New York Yankees. 

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