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News-Antique.com - Nov 07,2007 - Nov. 7, 2007, Santa Fe--Yankee Stadium was brand new in 1923. As the largest ballpark in the country it was big enough to hold everyone determined to see Babe Ruth play and fancy enough to host the World Series.
“It is reported on good authority,” wrote columnist Heywood Broun, “that when the Babe first walked out to his position and looked about him he was silent for almost a minute while he tried to find adequate words to express his emotions. Finally he emerged from his creative coma and remarked, ‘Some ball yard.’”
Before the opening day game on April 18, 1923, Ruth reportedly said he would give a year of his life if he could hit a home run in his first game in the new stadium.
After two disappointing World Series losses to the Giants the Yankees were popular underdogs in the 1923 series. They would face the Giants for the third consecutive time in three years in the new Yankee stadium.
It had been a momentous year for Ruth.
He set the single season walk record with 170 (only recently broken by Barry Bonds). He won his first and last Most Valuable Player award. He hit a career high of .393. He had his best ever on base percentage with .545, the fifth best mark of all time. Add to that his fifth home run title in six years along with a single season record of 379 times on base.
And it all came down to Game 6. Ruth smacked a first inning homer, his third in the series. But for most of the game, it looked like the Giants would force the Yankees into a seventh game.
That all changed in the top of the eighth inning. The Yankees scored five times because of three walks by Giant’s pitcher Art Nehf and Bob Meusel's two-run single. They won the game 6-4 and captured their first World Series.
The autographed baseball bat attributed to Ruth’s home run in Game 6 of the World Series against The Giants went on the block on July 10, 2007. Offered for sale in Hunt Auctions, 3rd annual DHL All-Star FanFest in San Francisco, the bat brought $322,000.
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