This dramatic photograph was taken on June 13, 1948 at Yankee Stadium and won a Pulitzer Prize for New
York Herald Tribune photographer Nat Fein. It was the 25th anniversary of The House that Ruth Built and
the day the Babe's number was retired. Ruth bows
out before 49,641 fans there to say their final farewell to the American icon. W.C. Hines of the U.S. Sun best described the moment, "Ruth emerged
from the dugout into the caldron of sound he must have known better than any other man." Everyone knew then that
The Babe had worn his old uniform for the last time. He died only two months later on August 16, 1948. The
famed number 3 will never again be worn by a Yankee player. Courtesy of Nat Fein's Estate.
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