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The Babe Liked His New Digs and He Showed It

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From an old Newspaper Clipping from the New York Times: Actual Wording as follows - Game of April 18, 1923 - Opening Day in new Yankee Stadium: Baseball History is made 'Everyone held their breath when Babe Ruth came to bat in the first inning. Only one more thing was in demand and Babe Ruth supplied it.

The big slugger is a keen student of the dramatic, in addition to being the greatest home run hitter.

' 'Before the game he said that he would give a year of his life if he could hit a home run in his first game in the new stadium. The Babe was on trial, and he knew it.' 'The ball came in slowly, but it went out quite rapidly, rising on a line and then dipping suddenly from the force behind it. It struck well inside the foul line, eight or ten rows above the low railing in the front of the bleachers, and as Ruth circled the bases he received probably the greatest ovation of his career. The biggest crowd rose to its feet and let loose the loudest shout in baseball history. Ruth, jogging over the home plate, grinned broadly, lifted his cap at arm's length and waved it to the multitude.'

The Yankees went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Babe Ruth's three-run homer. The Babe liked his new digs, and he showed it.

For the 1923 season, Ruth led the league in home runs, runs scored, RBIs, walks, slugging pct., and on-base-pct, just like he did in 1920 and 1921 - and the New York Yankees reclaimed the World Title beating the New York Giants in the World Series. - Newspaper Clipping

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