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Lot # 835 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Babe Ruth Cut-Signature Framed Display

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00

Large-format wall display featuring a cut signature of Babe Ruth presented alongside the cut signatures of two pitchers who will forever be linked to Ruth: Ernie Shore and Charlie Root. Ernie Shore pitched a perfect game in 1917, but he would have never had the opportunity if it weren't for Ruth. Ruth was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox in a game against the Senators, on June 23 at Fenway Park. After walking the first batter he got into a shouting match with home plate umpire "Brick" Owens over the calls and was promptly ejected. He was replaced by Shore, who then proceeded to retire all of the remaining batters in order for a 4-0 win (the runner Ruth walked was caught stealing, thus Shore retired all twenty-seven batters). Root's claim to fame is also due to Ruth, but unlike Shore, it came at his expense. Root was the Chicago Cubs pitcher who served up Ruth's fabled "Called Shot" in the 1932 World Series. Ruth's signature is scripted in pencil (grading "9") upon a 2.5 x 1.5-inch unlined sheet of paper. Matted on either side of the Ruth cut are the blue-ink signatures of Shore ("9/10") and Root ("9"), each of which appears to be scripted upon a portion of an unlined index card. Shore's signature is preceded by the salutation "With best wishes." The three signatures have been matted together with an 8 x 10-inch non-vintage photograph of Ruth for optimal display. Framed to total dimensions of 17.5 x 21.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,350.00

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