Nat Fein, the newspaper photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his unorthodox picture of a frail Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium, has died.
Fein died Tuesday at a hospital in Westwood, N.J. He was 86.
A longtime staffer for the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune, Fein was known for taking photographs that evoked life in New York in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Noted images by Fein included one of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia leading the city's sanitation department orchestra in 1940, another of an impeccably dressed Dr. Albert Schweitzer kneeling to shake the hand of a tearful little girl and another of a herd of elephants from the Barnum and Bailey circus thundering down a street, chased by a gang of children.
His most noted photograph, however, was the shot of Ruth near home plate at Yankee Stadium, taken just weeks before Ruth's death from throat cancer.
As Fein noted later, the tribute to Ruth included the retirement of the slugger's uniform number, 3. Fein, on the field with a group of press photographers, decided to go against convention and photograph Ruth from the back.