Original Subway Series: "The House That Ruth Built: 1 of 2: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923" by Robert Weintraub

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(Photo:English: Fans lined up for World Series Game 1 bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium - October 10, 1923.

Date 10 October 1923

Source Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-36450 (digital file from original negative).

Author Bain News Service, publisher )

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Original Subway Series: "The House That Ruth Built: 1 of 2: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923" by Robert Weintraub

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Before the 27 World Series titles--before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter-the Yankees were New York's shadow franchise. They hadn't won a championship, and they didn't even have their own field, renting the Polo Grounds from their cross-town rivals the New York Giants. In 1921 and 1922, they lost to the Giants when it mattered most: in October.

But in 1923, the Yankees played their first season on their own field, the newly-built, state of the art baseball palace in the Bronx called "the Yankee Stadium." The stadium was a gamble, erected in relative outerborough obscurity, and Babe Ruth was coming off the most disappointing season of his career, a season that saw his struggles on and off the field threaten his standing as a bona fide superstar. 

It only took Ruth two at-bats to signal a new era. He stepped up to the plate in the 1923 season opener and cracked a home run to deep right field, the first homer in his park, and a sign of what lay ahead. It was the initial blow in a season that saw the new stadium christened "The House That Ruth Built," signaled the triumph of the power game, and established the Yankees as New York's-and the sport's-team to beat.

From that first home run of 1923 to the storybook World Series matchup that pitted the Yankees against their nemesis from across the Harlem River-one so acrimonious that John McGraw forced his Giants to get to the Bronx in uniform rather than suit up at the Stadium-Robert Weintraub vividly illuminates the singular year that built a classic stadium, catalyzed a franchise, cemented Ruth's legend, and forever changed the sport of baseball.