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The House That Ruth Built

By Kelly Bennett

Illustrated by Susanna Covelli

A Children's Book Council Hot of the Press Selection​

It’s Opening Day! Yankee Stadium towers grand, gleaming, and ready!

On April 18, 1923, the New York Yankees played against the Boston Red Sox in their very first game in the brand-new Yankee Stadium. All the key players were there—future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Waite Hoyt, Bob Shawkey, Miller Huggins—and so were the supporters—Eddie Bennett, the legendary Yankee batboy; Jack Lenz, Yankee Stadium’s first public announcer; five-year-old Little Ray Kelly, Babe’s lucky charm; and more than 70,000 fans! Every person in the stadium on opening day was part of this legendary event, and now you can be too.

With beautiful, true-to-event illustrations reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, and with facts on every page about the stadium, the teams, and that very first fateful game that christened the original Yankee Stadium, The House That Ruth Built is the perfect book for kids and baseball fans everywhere. Take a step into the past and watch the baseball greats make history!

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Review quotes
Kelly hit a grand slam with this wonderfully illustrated book that tells the historic story of Yankee Stadium. The House that Ruth Built is rich with details, fascinating facts, and of course, Babe Ruth!
— Baseball Almanac
Between the fun story, the informative facts, and the amazing illustrations, The House That Ruth Built is a great introduction to baseball, Yankee Stadium, and Babe Ruth for children!
— National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum
Product Details
Age range
3 - 7
Grade range
P - 2
Number of pages
Publication date
March 28, 2023