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Babe Ruth "Rookie-Era" Original News Photograph
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Taken in 1915, this International News photo captures Babe Ruth during his first full season with the Boston Red Sox. Not yet the idol of millions, a slender Ruth is seen here in uniform as he pensively gazes away from the camera. Ruth began his Major League career as a pitcher, compiling an 18-6 record in 1915. Despite his dominance on the mound that year, it was his performance at the plate that was noteworthy. In a foreshadowing of things to come, Ruth batted .315 with a team-high four home runs (the league leader had seven) and twenty-one RBI in only ninety-two at bats. If those numbers were pro rated over the course of a full season, Ruth would have had nearly twenty-four home runs and 126 RBI. Obviously, changes would soon be in the works. Just five years later, the young man seen here in this captivating photo would become the greatest star the game has ever known and the most famous athlete of the twentieth century. The photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches) bears the International News stamp on the reverse, as well as a number of editorial pencil notations. While the image dates from 1915, the style of the International News stamping on the reverse indicates that the photo was developed (from the original negative) and used for publication sometime between 1928 and the late 1930s. As a working press photo the piece displays normal wear consistent with its former use including a small .25-inch tear in the bottom border, and some very slight surface wrinkles. Very Good to Excellent condition. This is a spectacular original Ruth news photo displaying one of the earliest known Major League images of the legendary "Sultan of Swat." Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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