1915 Boston Red Sox Team Photo with Babe Ruth

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1445

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Stunning original press photo, culled from The Chicago Sun Times archives, capturing the World Champion Boston Red Sox in a traditional team pose. Twenty-three team members are pictured posing together in their home white uniforms, including Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Joe Wood. A different number is neatly written on each player in black ink, to serve as a guide for player identification in print. Reverse markings consist of an "Oct-4 1915" date stamp, and period pencil notations which give credit for the photo to the American Press Association. Boston dropped a double header to the Yankees on October 4, 1915, but still held a two-game lead in the standings with three to play. They clinched the pennant, their second in four years, two days later and then went on to defeat the Phillies in the World Series. 1915 marked Babe Ruth's first full season in the Majors and it was certainly an auspicious start for the rookie pitcher. Not only did Ruth win eighteen games for the club that season, but, in a foreshadowing of things to come, he also led the team in home runs (4), in only ninety-two at bats. To put that number in proper perspective, the eight starting players for the Red Sox combined to hit only seven home runs all year. The crystal-clear photo (10 x 8 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including surface wrinkles and editorial markings on the front. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

SOLD FOR $2,938

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