1924 Babe Ruth Photo - The Eyes of a Slugger

Sold For: $2,233

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1415

Item Year: 1924

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing a close-up study of Babe Ruth's eyes. Reverse markings consist of a "Wide World Photos" credit stamp (type used by the company during the 1920s), a "Sep 4 1924" date stamp, and various period editorial notations. Even if Babe Ruth's name were not written on the reverse, the subject of this photo would be easily identified by even the most casual of fans. At the time of this photo Ruth was, and probably still is, the most recognizable figure in the world of sports. This is a most unusual image of Ruth and it is not clear what it would have been used for in print, but it is reminiscent of a similar close-up study of Ruth taken by famed photographer Charles Conlon. Ruth enjoyed another banner year in 1924. Not only did he lead the league in hitting (.378) for the only time in his career, but he was also tops in home runs (46), runs (143), bases on balls (142), on base percentage (.513), and slugging percentage (.739). The photo (7.5 x 4.5 inches) has a number of minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a few light surface wrinkles and a chip in the upper left corner. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $2,233

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