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Pulitzer Winner Fein Dies

September 29, 2000

WESTWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Nat Fein, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poignant shot of a dying Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium, has died. He was 86.

Fein died Tuesday at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood.

He worked for the New York Herald for about 30 years, starting out as a copy boy before becoming a staff photographer in 1939.

Fein won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for news photography for his famous picture.

The photo was taken June 13, 1948, two months before Ruth died of cancer. The rearview picture shows Ruth in his old uniform, leaning on a bat, and other players lined up in the background with their hats off.

Fein recalled that he had gone behind Ruth because he wanted to show the number on his uniform _ No. 3 _ that was being retired.

``There was his figure, his thin legs compared to his bulky body, and his No. 3 showing,″ he said. ``So I made the picture from his back.″ He said he didn’t think it was a great shot but did think it ``got the feeling″ of the moment.

He remained at the Herald until it went out of business in 1966.

Fein is survived by a son.

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