He had christened New York’s new baseball palace with a homer back in April. He bookended the historic season with another one that helped the Yankees win the World Series.
An image of Babe Ruth crossing home plate after a Game 6 blast at the Polo Grounds on October 15, 1923 is the RMY Auctions Photo of the Day. It’s one of over 500 historic photos in the company’s current auction.
The dates caption–still attached to the back–references the 6-4 win over the New York Giants as the Yankees’ first championship. They’ve since won 26 more.
The 8×10 photo from International News was snapped in the first inning of the decisive game. It shows Ruth crossing home plate, greeted by bat boy Eddie Bennett with two teammates waiting nearby. It was Ruth’s third home run of the series, a solo shot off Giants pitcher Art Nehf.
The homer didn’t hold up, though. The Giants rallied to grab a 4-1 lead that afternoon before the Yankees rallied for five runs in the eighth inning in front of a crowd of over 34,000 fans. Bob Meusel’s single drove in two with a third run scoring on an error. Herb Pennock and Sam Jones did the pitching for the Yanks that day.
The auction includes eight different Ruth photos in all. Bidding is set to run through November 28.