It isn’t often that one photograph captures utter dominance but when one considers what the New York Yankees did to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1928 World Series is captured on an original news photo up for bid at RMY Auctions.
Taken at Yankee Stadium during either Game 1 or Game 2 of the series, our Photo of the Day shows Ruth trotting home while teammate Lou Gehrig stands nearby giving the ‘stay up’ sign with his hand. The Cardinals’ catcher, presumably Jimmy Wilson, stands forlornly in front of the plate watching the play on the field.
The photo carries a file date of October 10, 1928, the day after the final game. It is in generally good shape despite its age but is missing the tip of its top right corner. It’s one of more than 350 lots up for bid through next Sunday at RMYAuctions.com. Several other images featuring Ruth are also up for bid.
The World Series photo captures Ruth scoring one of his nine runs during the series, one in which New York outscored St. Louis 27-10. They had captured the title in four consecutive games for the second straight year, capping a remarkable two-year run for the franchise that was quickly becoming the stuff of enduring legend.
Ruth hit .625, the highest average in World Series history and saved his best performance for the final game, belting three home runs at Sportsman’s Park. He’d apparently followed his own advice, passed on through a book aimed at youngsters and published that same year: “There’s only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: “Pick out a good one and sock it!”