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Extraordinary Babe Ruth Signed H&B Testimonial Regarding His Bats

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $5,287.50

This extremely significant two-page Babe Ruth signed document originates directly from the Hillerich & Bradsby company archives and is the final draft to a formal written testimonial by Ruth regarding the quality of Louisville Slugger bats. This unique piece is tremendous as a Ruth signed document and would be a highlight in even the most advanced world-class collection of signed Hall of Fame "flats," but may have an even greater significance in a different type of collection as a document worthy of display with a Babe Ruth bat. In addition to promoting the company’s bats, Ruth discusses in detail the specifications of the bats he used during his career, makes special mention of the fact that he gave away dozens of bats each season as souvenirs, and offers general advice, based upon his experience, on how to choose the proper bat. Some of the information covered is astounding and significant content for Ruth collectors and bat collectors alike. As a two-page signed document, it is ideal for display. The document reads in part: “After thinking back to my playing days, it seems that when it came to batting about the only thing I gave particular attention to was the bat itself…and it had to be right. Since I gave bats quite a bit of thought, you might profit from an account of my experiences and the opinions they left me with. In my first three years as fielder…I used bats 36 inches long and anywhere from 40 to 54 ounces in weight. I then began experimenting with the length, and found out what I should have known all along – that I could do better with a shorter bat. So I switched to 35 inches and sometimes slightly less in the twelve or thirteen years that followed…My idea on weight is that you should use a bat as heavy as you can handle…I learned recently that according to the records of Hillerich & Bradsby, who made every bat I ever used, more Louisville Sluggers were made up for my personal use than for any other single player. That no doubt is true…I gave away dozens of bats each season to friends as souvenirs. As I have said, bats were always important to me, and it is no wonder that I like to recommend Louisville Sluggers every chance I get. Every hit and every hitting record to my credit speaks for the oval Slugger trade-mark.” At the conclusion of the text, Ruth has boldly notated his approval “OK" and signed "Babe Ruth” in bold, black fountain pen (grading “10”). This document was intended for use in the company’s promotional literature and whether or not Ruth actually wrote this testimonial verbatim, or was interviewed and had his thoughts and words then presented in written form to him in this final version, his notation and signature attests to the fact that he approved it. The text has a few period editorial revisions and notations, with a few words and/or passages having been scripted in black fountain pen (not in Ruth’s hand). Though undated, Ruth begins by stating “thinking back to my playing days,” thus this was obviously written sometime after 1935. The pages (8.25 x 11 inches) each display normal mailing fold lines, three tiny staple holes along the top, and a very tiny edge tear at the top border of the second sheet is mentioned for the sake of accuracy. Extremely crisp, clean, and ideal for display, and overall in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+.

SOLD FOR $5,287.50

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