Original photo, taken by noted baseball photographer George Grantham Bain, capturing Babe Ruth posing together with Yankees mascot Ray Kelly prior to the first-ever game at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923. Certified as an original Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. The reverse features the typewritten caption "Babe Ruth & Yankee mascot Raymond Kelly April 18 1923," as well as a Culver Pictures credit stamp. This is one of a number of photos picturing Ruth and little Ray Kelly that were taken on that historic day. Over 74,200 fans jammed the stadium on April 18th to witness the game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, and it was reported that another 25,000 people were turned away at the gates. Prior to the opening game, Babe Ruth was quoted as saying "I'd give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in this first game in this new park." The baseball gods must have been looking kindly upon Ruth that day, for in the third inning he got his wish, blasting a towering three-run homer into the right-field bleachers off pitcher Howard Ehmke. With Bob Shawkey limiting the Red Sox to just one run, Ruth's home run proved the difference in the Yankees historic 4-1 victory that afternoon. Following the game, legendary sportswriter Fred Lieb, writing in the Evening Telegram
, dubbed the Yankees' new home "The House That Ruth Built," and it has remained so in the hearts and minds of fans ever since. The photo (3.5 x 5.75 inches) displays a few light surface wrinkles and heavy adhesive residue on the reverse. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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