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HENDERSON , Nev. (AP) — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced.Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness.In keeping with her wishes, her remains will be cremated with burial sometime this spring in Conway, New Hampshire, where she used to live, Tom Stevens said.“She lived such a full, interesting life,” he said. “She was an ambassador for Babe Ruth.”Tom Stevens said his mother moved from Florida to Arizona in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew and then to Nevada, where he lives.Diane Murphy, a fellow resident at Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma in Henderson, told The Associated Press that Julia Stevens had lost her sight but remained bright and vibrant.Stevens was part of a circle of residents who read books aloud, according to Murphy.“She was so sharp and laughed at the right moments,” Murphy said. “She was a lovely lady.”Even well into her 90s, Stevens threw out first pitches at baseball games across the nation, attended Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown Russell Wilson Jersey , New York, and appeared at the annual Babe Ruth Little League World Series.She authored three books about her famous father.“As long as there is baseball, Daddy’s name is always going to be mentioned. He was one of a kind,” Stevens once said. “My goal in life is to keep his name alive. He was a wonderful father and I remember him as that and just not as a baseball player.”Stevens was adopted by baseball’s biggest star soon after Ruth married her mother, Claire Hodgson, in 1929 when Julia was 12 years old. Hodgson died in 1976.Julia was the older of two daughters adopted by Ruth. Dorothy Ruth Pirone, who was Ruth’s daughter from a previous relationship, died in 1989 at age 67.Tom Stevens told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an interview earlier this year that it rankled his mother to be referred to as Ruth’s stepdaughter.He said Ruth was a match to provide Julia a needed blood transfusion when she was hospitalized as a young adult.“She said as far as she was concerned, between being adopted and the transfusion, ‘I’m his daughter, period,'” Tom Stevens said.Babe Ruth retired in 1935, days after playing his last game. He was with the Boston Braves that year after starring for the New York Yankees from 1920-34 and the Boston Red Sox from 1914-19.Ruth died from cancer at age 53 in 1948.“I sometimes wonder if the designated hitter rule would have been in effect when Daddy played, his career would’ve lasted much longer and he would’ve hit a lot more home runs,” Stevens once said. “It was his legs that gave out. He had trouble with his knees.”Stevens said Ruth taught her how to dance and how to bowl and “I couldn’t have had a better father than him.”She made her final trip to Yankee Stadium at age 91 in 2008 to say goodbye to one of her dad’s favorite places where he hit many of his 714 career home runs.Accompanied by her son and two grandchildren, Stevens got a warm reception from the crowd before New York’s 6-0 loss to Cincinnati.A New York sports writer dubbed the Bronx stadium “The House That Ruth Built,” and the Yankees retired Ruth’s No. 3 during their 25th anniversary celebration of Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948, the great slugger’s final visit to the ballpark.As Ruth’s daughter Martin Perez Jersey , Stevens’ family said, “she had many amazing experiences, which she was pleased to share with eager reporters and fans alike. Until the very end, she was very proud to call him ‘Daddy’ and she particularly loved recalling events from 1934 when she went on a ’round the world’ tour with her parents” to Japan with a major-league all-star team.She is survived by her son, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren, according to the family’s Facebook post. What are our first impressions of these 2019 Marlins?"After dropping the first two games of the 2019 season, the Marlins fought back on Saturday and Sunday, winning both days to split their series against the Rockies in Miami. As we approach the first full week of regular season baseball, here are some things we learned about this Marlins team from the opening series.5. TrevorRichards, PabloL贸pez and SandyAlcantara are legitThere’s been a lot of talk already this season about the young Marlins pitching rotation, and these guys already flashed their special potential over the weekend. Richards, even in a loss on Friday night, was strong on the mound (it’s hard when your offense gives you just one run and two hits). L贸pez did allow three runs, but also struck out seven Rockies batters. And Alcantara threw eight shutout innings allowing just four hits, paving the way for a Marlins win. It’s been just one start for each of them, but it looks as if the hype surrounding them is real. 4. The bullpen is very much a work in progressMarlins relievers had some fine outings over the course of their series with the Rockies, but on the other hand, there were equally horrifying outings as well. SergioRomo started his season off horribly on Friday night, allowing four runs to cross while only recording one out. Though Romo bounced back on Sunday and collected his first save , it came in relief of Wei-Yin Chen, who Don Mattingly brought in to protect a ninth-inning lead in his 2019 debut? Very questionable decision there, as Mattingly quickly pulled the plug after Chen allowed the first two batters to reach base.Overall, the bullpen owns a 3.75 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 12.0 IP.3. Brian Anderson and Lewis Brinson need to step it upTwo of the brightest young stars on the Marlins team haven’t produced right away. Brinson had just two hits in 14 at-bats against Colorado, and Anderson was even worse, with just one hit in 15 at-bats. Both players struck out six times apiece. Now, of course, we’re only four games into a very long season, but Brinson and Christian Yelich are interwined after last year’s trade, and it doesn’t help to see the reigning NL MVP get off to an incredible start. 2. Marlins offense is right about where we thought it would beNobody in their right mind would’ve called the Marlins offense dynamic or filled with firepower heading into this season. On Friday night, it was almost painful to watch, as Miami collected just two hits in the loss. On Saturday, we saw “the blueprint” for how they want to play—building rallies with smart situational hitting and aggressive baserunning.But for three out of the four games against Colorado, hits were very hard to come by. This is an exciting teamPhoto by Danis Sosa/Fish StripesMiami is a team that nobody outside of this town is expecting much from, and maybe that’s why it’s so fun to see them win these two games. It’s a blast to see JT Riddle hit those two home runs, or to see Richards and L贸pez on the mound shutting down batters. The Marlins may not be in contention for any pennants this season, but it’s clear that the talent is developing.