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Lot # 909 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921-1935 Babe Ruth News Photo Collection (9)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,643.75

This collection of nine original Babe Ruth news photos spans the years 1921 through 1935 and captures Ruth both on and off the field. Included are several particularly significant images. Each of the photos bears the respective news service proprietary stamp on the reverse and is accompanied by its original news caption. Four have the hologram on the reverse identifying them as originating from the famous 1996 Christies auction of the Baseball Magazine photo archives. All but one (the last listed) is accompanied by its original wire caption. 1) 3/9/21, Ruth in street clothes working out at spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas (8.5 x 6.5 inches). 2) 10/8/21, Ruth in street clothes nursing an arm injury that caused him to miss the last two games of the World Series (6.5 x 8.5 inches). 3) 3/3/27, Ruth playing handball at McGovern’s Gym (6 x 8 inches). 4) 3/13/30, Ruth at bat during the first game of spring training (10 x 8 inches). 5) 3/18/32, Ruth at bat for the first time after signing his new $75,000 a year contract (10 x 8 inches). 6) 7/7/32, Ruth shaking hands with Buzz Arlett, a Baltimore minor league player whose 41 home runs was tops in the circuit (8 x 10 inches). 7) 9/17/32, Ruth taking batting practice for the first time after returning from an injury (7 x 9.25 inches). 8) 3/17/35, Ruth, as a member of the Boston Braves posing with Joe McCarthy and Bill McKechnie (6.5 x 8.5 inches). This is really a photo with a story. It is well known that Ruth wanted to be a manager, and he left the Yankees when it became apparent he would never realize this dream in New York, going to Boston where the prospect was presented to him as likely. Here he is standing between Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and Braves Manager Bill McKechnie, who are shaking hands, with Ruth looking very uncomfortable in the middle. This photo, more than any other we have ever seen, is symbolic of Ruth's great disappointment with both franchises for not allowing him to realize his dream of becoming a Major League manager. 9) 6/3/35, Ruth at bat for one of the last times with the Boston Braves (5 x 6.25 inches). This photo is stamped "June 3 - 1935" and from clues on the reverse was obviously used for publication by The Boston Post when Ruth retired (June 2nd was the day Ruth announced his retirement). This photo may be Ruth hitting his final home run #715, but additional research would be required to verify. Nearly all display the normal flaws associated with working press photos. Total: 9 photos. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $2,643.75

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