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In 1923 the New York Yankee moved into their new stadium; the Yankee Stadium. This change in location coincided with a massive rise in skill and talent. The next 12 years of baseball were directed, glamorized, and evolved through this amazing team and their unimaginable talent.
In the 1920s the New York Yankees were considered rebels. Along with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, the trio would dominate the baseball field and antagonize Ban Johnson, the president of the American League.
Their aggressive tactics got them a massive increase to their payroll, which allowed this otherwise mediocre team to build what we now know as the Yankee Stadium.
Along with the new stadium, new players with high potential were starting to turn towards this aggressive team.
At the same time, Harry Frazee, owner of the Red Sox, was jumping on board with this boom of interest. He was trading players left right and centre with his increased payroll from the league.
One of the Red Sox best trades was to remove Babe Ruth, or so they thought. If the MLB power rankings were as good back then as they are now, the Red Sox might not have fallen into this massive trap.
The year was 1921, and the Red Sox were riding on the coattails of the Yankee’s buzz. They managed to reach the playoffs, but the New York Yankees were not going to back down, and they had Babe Ruth on their team. The trade that should have won the Red Sox their game ended up cursing their team and kicked them out of the playoffs. Babe Ruth became a legend in his own right, and the Red Sox regretted this trade-off for the next 86 years.
Babe Ruth’s achievements started to quickly mount as he sprinted through multiple home runs. This amazing display of talent, caused the Yankee landlords to scratch their heads. More and more people came to watch the shows, and soon it became clear that the Yankee’s needed a bigger stadium.
In 1922, the New York Yankee entered the World Series for a second time but were defeated by the Giants. However, the fantastic skill of Babe Ruth was not ignored. In the eyes of the fans, the game was at its peak when Ruth entered the field.
All this traction led the Yankees to create a new home in 1923; the Yankee Stadium.
The Yankee Stadium Was the first-ever triple-deck venue created for baseball. It seated an unheard of 58,000 people!
During the first game in the Yankee Stadium, the star of the hour, Babe Ruth, hit his classic home run. This was just what the managers and owners wanted, as Ruth’s home runs drew in the crowds and paid for the stadium; in fact, the stadium earned the nickname “The House That Ruth Built” due to his fantastic home runs.
New York had a new baseball icon, and the Giants had to leave their stadium for San Fransisco instead.
In 1927, the Rebels became known as something else; “Murderer’s Row.” Many consider this lineup from the Yankees the best in all of baseball history. At the time, the Yankees won the American League record when their 110 games only resulted in 44 losses.
The legendary Ruth created 60 home runs, which stood as an undefeated record for 34 years.
Lou Gehrig also began his legendary opening by battling 0.373 with 47 home runs alongside 175 RBIs. This was the first time that anyone had beaten Ruth’s 171 RBI mark for a single season.
It is no surprise that this Murderer’s Row team would win the next two World Championships.
At this point in time, the Yankees had lost some of their matches to Philadelphia Athletics, so Joe McCarthy stepped in as the new manager. He rallied the team and brought them back to the top of the American League, sweeping the Chicago Clubs out of the World Series.
Babe Ruth became an icon again and called the shots on the field. Ruth ran his renowned home runs and brought his team back to victory.
It was at this point that Ruh decided to leave the Yankee and join the Boston Braves. The year was 1934. This date is important as it was the last time Ruth ever saw the World Series, as no other team match-up would be this good ever again.