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The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923

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The untold story of Babe Ruth's Yankees, John McGraw's Giants, and the extraordinary baseball season of 1923

Before the 27 World Series titles--before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter-the Yankees were New York's shadow franchise. They hadn't won a championship, and they didn't even have their own field, renting the Polo Grounds from their cross-town rivals the N
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company
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Richard
There are few things better than reading a good baseball book, and The House That Ruth Built is certainly that. While the construction of "the Yankee Stadium" is the centerpiece of the story, like any good historian, author Robert Weintraub tells us everything that lead up to the creation of the stadium and all of the historical context.

There is considerable discussion of the differences between the "dead ball" era and the subsequent rule changes that forever altered baseball, and why they came
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Bill Hazlett
A must read for the baseball fan/historian. Even a Yankee hater such as myself enjoyed reading about a time when they Yankees were they underdog.
Matt B.
Easily one of the best pieces of non-fiction I've ever read.
Heavensent1
The House That Ruth Built is a non-fiction historical account of Babe Ruth's rise to fame and the Yankees stake in baseball history.

In the early 1920's the Giants were the team to beat, John McGraw knew the game and helped shaped baseball as we know it today. He was the owner/operator of the NY Giants and landlord to the Yankees, via the Polo Grounds, in which many of their first games were played.

John McGraw did not like Babe Ruth and often called him names and tormented him. The Babe was havin
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Paul Brandel
This book was a homerun,one superb sport's book.
*The summer of 1923,ex-Pittsburg Pirate Fred Clark,invented the clip-down sunglasses.Also in that year "Bullitt"Joe Bush of the Yankees
invented the forkball to great effect.
Had John J.McGraw known that Casey Stengel would use his tutelage to lead the hated Yankees to a spate of titles begining in 1949,he'd
have had Stengel shipped out of town on the next train.
Casesy would put to use McGraw tactics such as dedicated relief pitchers,using the full
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Jim Gallen
“The House That Ruth Built” tells the story of New York Baseball: 1923. As much as I am a baseball fan, it told a story of a year of transformation in our national game with which I was unfamiliar. As 1923 began the Giants were New York Baseball and Manager John McGraw was “John J,, The Lord of New York.” In 1922 they had beaten their Polo Ground tenants, the Yankees, in the World Series and looked to repeat the following year. Babe Ruth was coming off an humiliating series. Expelling the Yankee ...more
Jim
THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT Robert Weintraub 04/29/11
Goodreads; ****

This is a well written book that delves into a pivotal moment in baseball’s history—the 1923 season. This is the year that saw a shift in power in the hierarchy of baseball from John J. Mcgraw’s New York Giants to the New York Yankees and their most famous player, Babe Ruth. McGraw was the ultimate proponent of scientific baseball, what we today would call small ball, a great tactician who up until the World Series of 1923 was ab
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Tom Gase
A good read on the 1923 season, the first for Yankee Stadium. The book describes not only the season but the World Series between the NY Giants and NY Yankees, who were playing each other for the third straight year. I probably should have read this book directly after finishing the book 1921 that also recently came out. This book isn't quite as detailed as 1921, but it does seem easier to read because of that. My only problem with the book is it seems to go off topic on some of the players and ...more
Jim Kulhawy
Fantastic book detailing the need for Yankees' owners Ruppert and Huston to build a new place for their ballclub.

The Yankees had been sharing the Polo Grounds with John J. McGraw's NY Giants until they acquired Babe Ruth and started to become a large gate attraction. After beating the Yanks in the 1921 and 1922 World Series, McGraw, never a fan of Ruth, or the Yankees, had had enough and figured he could displace the team and embarrass them into moving, and bankrupting them in the process.

The b
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Holly Cline
I won this book through first reads, and it did its job as far as being an enjoyable and informative book for baseball fans. However, this book is not going to launch itself onto anyone's favorite sports books list. And it doesn't achieve any sort of greatness that would make this a necessary read for someone who isn't a fan of baseball.

I enjoyed the stories and settings I'm far too young to know anything about. I always like getting a glimpse into a whole different time. The behavior of players
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victor harris
The core of the story deals with the bitter rivalry between the emerging Yankee dynasty and the old and powerful New York Giants managed by John McGraw. The Yankees rented the Polo Grounds from the Giants until Yankee Stadium was completed in 1923. Indeed, the Giants did everything they could to thwart the Yankees in constructing the new facility so they could charge exorbitant rent to the Yankees. Appropriately, the first home run in " The House That Ruth Built" was socked by the Babe. The narr ...more
Robert Morrow
I had this book on my Kindle for months, due to a complete lack of motivation to read another damn book about the damn Yankees. Glad I got over it! Weintraub is a superb writer with wit and insight and somehow he breathes new life and perspective to overly-chronicled legends Babe Ruth and John McGraw. The book is primarily a baseball book but also contains reflections on parallel changes in society and a not-excessively detailed description of the construction of the original Yankee Stadium. In ...more
Les
A nice history of the year Yankee Stadium opened. Robert Weintraub gives the background of the rivalry of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees which led to the building of the stadium along with the clash of "Scientific Baseball" as practiced by John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, and the rise of the home run as represented by Babe Ruth of the Yankees. The troubles encountered with the building of the stadium and the trouble between the two owners of the Yankees, Jacob Ruppert and Cap ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Filling in somewhat of a historical blank between Babe Ruth's Red Sox days prior to 1920 and the powerhouse 1927 Yankees, this book points out the contrast between baseball in the dead-ball era and the home run era that replaced it. There is also much on the Yankees-Giants rivalry and Giants manager John McGraw, a giant who disdained home runs and the demise of "scientific baseball." After dismal performances in the 1921 and 1922 Yankees' World Series losses to the Giants, Ruth sparked his team ...more
Glenn
I enjoyed the author very much. While I thought there would be more about the actual building of "The House That Ruth Built" the book turned into an excellent account of the 1923 baseball season as seen through the eyes of the Yankees and John J. McGraw's New York Giants. Baseball was changing along with the popularity of Babe Ruth and John McGraw was desperately trying to live in the past. The "scientific" baseball he loved so much was leaving the scene as the advent of the Home Run and one swi ...more
David
NY baseball in 1923. The Yankee Stadium opens. The Yankees are trying to finally win a series against the Giants (after two back-to-back losses). Ruth shakes off two poor series performances. The era of "scientific baseball" (we call it "small ball") gives over to the long ball. Weintraub does a nice job of relating these bygone times, complete with city nicknames that only historians would be familiar with. Good book for baseball historians.
David
Gives you in-depth look throughout the entire 1932 baseball season up to what is described as the greatest World Series of all time between the Yankees and the Giants. It describes a lot of behind-the-scenes stories about Babe Ruth and how he wasn't just a player that crushed homeruns, but was an all-around perfect baseball player, athlete, and person.

The Notes section gives the reader a lot of interesting stories as well.
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
Great book with so much information given in an entertaining way. Loved it! I must confess I am a HUGH baseball fan. It is the greatest game as one must play the game NOT the clock. I am also a NY Yankee fan. Born a Yankee fan and will always be one. I also love baseball movies and stories. Yes this might color my review. But it really is a wonderful story that is not limited to 1923. I must read this again.
James
The season recap portions slowed the momentum a little, as season recaps tend to do, but the sketches of the key players involved (Babe Ruth, John McGraw, Miller Huggins, Jacob Ruppert, Til Huston, etc.) were all well done, and things ended on a high note with the World Series chapters. All in all a solid account of a big year in Yankees history.
Joe
I read this as an audiobook. I really enjoyed it. It nicely presents the 1923 baseball season concentrating on the Yankees and McGraw's Giants. I enjoyed the flashbacks discussing the careers of many of the players, managers and owners of those two teams. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys baseball. It will become a classic.
Bill S.
Author does a masterful job weaving the personalities and inner workings of the front running New York Giants managed by baseball legend John J. McGraw and the up and coming Yankees led by Babe Ruth into a thrilling narrative of the 1923 baseball season culminating the Yanks first ever World Series win. A joy to read!
Louis
Great piece of popular history that tells you the story you know, as well as some facts you've never heard. I'll write more when I finish.
Just finished the book this afternoon (7/4) - great stories but the book was too long and maybe went off in one too many directions - more to follow on my blog soon.
C.C.
I would've given this 5 stars, but the author spends far too much time on McGraw and the Giants for a book ostensibly about the Yankees. I have no objection to an author trying to present an unbiased account, but, particularly in the section on the World Series, the author comes off as anti-Ruth.
Justin
A decent book. It was tough to follow certain parts of the book as he jumped back and forth between the 1923 season and the stories in years past.
Skyring
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David Firman
As much about Ruth as the history of the Yankees and early baseball. Delightful. Didn't know about John Mcgraw and how much he influenced the game.
Wayne Hastings
Required reading for any baseball fan. The author's research and attention to historical detail is incredible.
Nicole
I gave up on this book because while the content was really interesting, it was too dry for my taste.
Tracy
Great book for baseball fans. In some parts, it got a little long but overall a good read.
Anthony
I don't really like baseball, and I hate the Yankees, but this is an entertaining book nonetheless.
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Robert Weintraub is a sports columnist for Slate.com and has written for ESPN.com, Play, The Guardian, Football Outsiders, and many other publications, as well as written and produced for ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, ABC Sports, the Discovery Channel, and dozens of other television outlets. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
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