Sunday, November 8, 2015

Book Review: The House that Ruth Built By Robert Weintraub

Before the 27 World Series wins, before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter - the Yankees were New York's also-ran franchise. They didn't even have a stadium, renting out the New York Giants' Polo Grounds and, embarrassingly, losing to them when it counted: in the Fall Classic.

But in 1923, the Yankees played their first season on their own field, and everything changed. Babe Ruth bounced back from a contentious season to carry the team to their first title, justifying his new Stadium's nickname, "The House That Ruth Built."

This is the untold tale of the Yankees' break-out season, filled with stories of New York and baseball in arguably their greatest eras. Robert Weintraub's fresh reporting vividly illuminates the singular year that made the Yankees the storied franchise they are today.

This book is for all, not only Yankee's fans. It shows tells you the story of one of the greatest baseball players of all times. The Babe wanted to put his mark and he did it by hitting a home run in the first ever game at The House That Ruth Built.

Robert Weintraub is the sports columnist for Slate and writes regularly for Deadspin,, The Guardian, and Play magazine among others.

ISBN: 9780316086073