1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Tour Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1905

Item Year: 1927

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original, possibly unique, photo capturing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig posing together at one of the last stops of their famous Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's barnstorming tour in 1927. Certified as an original Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. The vintage handwritten notation on the reverse provides us with all of the details: "Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig/Babe Ruth played with Colorado and Lou Gehrig played with the Santa Barbara team. Colorado winning 7-6. Navy Day at Santa Barbara. Oct. 27 1927." This appears to be a photo taken by a fan in attendance that day, as opposed to news-service photo, which means it is almost certainly unique. The Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's barnstorming tour was the brainchild of Christy Walsh, who was Ruth and Gehrig's longtime agent. In 1927 Walsh, in order to capitalize on the excitement generated by the duo's season-long home-run duel, arranged to have the pair tour the country right after the World Series. The tour, heralded as "Ruth vs. Gehrig - The Battle For The Home Run Title Continues," began in New York and made its away across the country, ending in California. To ensure its success, Walsh wisely scheduled nearly all of the games in cities without Major League clubs, thus providing those fans with a rare opportunity to see the two stars in person. Walsh also arranged it so that Ruth and Gehrig were the only two players traveling to each town. Their respective teams at each venue were made up of local players. The tour was such a huge success (most games ended prematurely due to fans rushing onto the field to get closer to their idols) that it was repeated again in 1928 with equal fanfare. The photo (6.75 x 4.75 inches) displays a number of light-to-moderate creases and paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.


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