You’ve seen the famous photo of Babe Ruth making what would be his final appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948. Nat Fein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning image was far from the only photo to emerge from that afternoon, though. RMY Auctions is offering a unique angle of the Babe greeting the crowd in its current auction.
Taken from the stands, elevated above the scene on the field, the photo shows Ruth waving his cap to the crowd of over 49,000 who assembled to see his number retired while the club honored the 25th anniversary of the ballpark’s opening in 1923. Members of that team were introduced before the game against Cleveland, with Ruth walking out last to thunderous cheers. Leaning on one of Bob Feller’s bats, Ruth wore the jersey he had been given for use in the filming of the 1942 movie about his former teammate Lou Gehrig, Pride of the Yankees.
The 8×10 photo was taken by Bob Olen, the Brooklyn resident who served as the Yankees’ team photographer. Olen’s stamp is on the back. It remains in good condition with only modest corner wear.
Somewhere in the group of photographers assembled around Ruth is Fein, who would stay behind the baseball legend to capture his photo entitled “Babe Bows Out.”
Ruth was given a pocket watch during the ceremony–one final gift from the team that owed much of its financial success to Ruth’s legendary hitting prowess. In 2014, it sold through SCP Auctions for over $650,000.
The photo is one of over 200 historic images in RMY’s November auction, which runs through November 23.