When baseball and America lost Babe Ruth, they didn't just lose a baseball player, he was one of the most important people of his time. Everyone loved him, and that was evident when the street of New York filled up with people to pay their respect after he passed. He changed the way baseball was played, he was charismatic and made his fans feel like family. Thirteen years after his final game, the Yankees retired Babe Ruth's number at a ceremony at the Yankee Stadium for their 25th anniversary. I think people knew it was probably the last time they would see him publicly.
Nat Fein was a staff photographer at the Herald Tribune, he wasn't assigned to be there, but the sports photographer called in sick that day. He showed up to the stadium and was sent to the locker rooms where it took two men to get Babe dressed and ready, he could see he wasn't doing well. He followed him out on the field where the crowd went wild. Babe couldn't even walk and stand without some assistance so he used a bat as a cane. Now this is where the life lesson is learned, so pay attention here. All those photographers there went to the front, and while I'm sure they got a lot of great shots of Babe, they didn't quite capture the story of what was happening. Nat Fein decided to shoot from behind, this allowed us to see his legacy. From this frame we see the photographers, the team honoring him, and literally - the House That Ruth Built. The photo allows us to remember the youthful face of Babe rather than a sickly man. We can see from that he is old, but it allows him to still feel large. It was the first Sports photograph to win a Pulitzer Prize.