Moments and missives from our world
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Yankee Stadium hosted its final game this evening, and … who cares who got the win. Tom Verducci’s piece in this week’s SI has a great overview of the house that Ruth built, and the players, pugilists, pine tar, presidents and popes who have shaped the history of this quintessentially American venue.
On 13 June 1948, an ailing Babe Ruth stood in the house that he built for the final time, on the day his number 3 was retired. Nat Fein stepped behind Mr. 714 and ended up with a Pulitzer Prize the following spring for his image entitled “The Babe Bows Out.”
So, in honor of the Stadium’s final bow, here is one of the most celebrated photographs from the 20th century… and to my mind the most recognizable sports photograph that exists.