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Lot # 923 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1935 Babe Ruth Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,036.25

In 1935 an eleven-year-old boy named Jim Montgomery Jr. wrote a letter to Babe Ruth in which he posed a number of questions regarding Ruth's career, and like nearly every boy, he also kindly requested that Ruth send him an autograph. Offered here is that very letter that features Ruth's reply and signature on the second page. The two-page typed letter, written on two sides of a single sheet of "The Burlington Hotel" (Washington, D.C.) stationery, reads in part: "Dear Babe, Do you think that you can send me your autograph please. I read up the sports page every day to see about how and what you are doing. I sent in for your book on baseball and it helped me develop swell form. I want to ask you a few questions about your carreer [sic] to prove to some of the boys in school thant [sic] I think are goofy. Did you throw left-handed? When you bat do you wait after you hit one or do you start running the moment you hear the crack of the bat? That is all the questions that I want to ask you. I am nuts about baseball and pitch for the eleven year old team of Germantown Friends School...P. S. When you send your autograph, if you do, do you think that you could ask 'Rabbit' Marenville [sic] to send his too?" On the reverse, scripted in blue ink, Montgomery received Ruth's response: "Dear Jimmie, I have thrown left handed all my life. All ways [sic] start running the moment you hit the ball. Sincerely Babe Ruth." It should be noted that the response was written in the hand of Ruth's secretary; however, the signature and the word "Sincerely" were scripted by Ruth himself and grade "9/10." While this probably represents one of hundreds of thousands of such letters written to Ruth during the course of his career, examples featuring Ruth's written response are seldom seen, making this an exceptionally desirable Ruth-signed letter and one that epitomizes his love of kids. Despite the fact that the letter is not dated, it appears from the content that it was written during Ruth's active playing career. We attribute it to 1935 because that is the only season that both Ruth and Maranville played together (both closed our their respective careers with the Boston Braves in 1935). The letter (6 x 9.25 inches) displays one vertical and two horizontal mailing folds, as well as minor surface paper loss and adhesive residue along the top of the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,036.25


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