1928 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Ball From the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming Tour

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1271

Item Year: 1928

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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On October 21, 1928, the famous Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's cross-country barnstorming tour made a stop at Star Park in Syracuse, New York. As it was wherever the pair went during the tour, they were constantly being beseeched by spectators for their autographs. Offered here is the fruit of one fan's labor that day, a ball not only signed by both stars, but one that is personally dated by Babe Ruth himself. The inscription, which overlaps a portion of the sweet spot and an adjacent side panel (not the panel bearing either the Ruth or Gehrig signature), reads "Oct 2_, 1928 Star Park" (the second numeral in the date is obscured by an abrasion, but most assuredly was a "1"). Both Ruth and Gehrig have signed the ball in black fountain pen on separate side panels, with Ruth's signature grading "7/8" and Gehrig's "6/7." Although both signatures are fairly bold, the contrast afforded by the darkened surface of the ball is less than ideal. Nevertheless, both are clearly visible, as is the inscription. As was standard practice at each stop on the tour, Ruth and Gehrig captained local clubs during the game in Syracuse, which was won by Gehrig's club, 9-2. Although Ruth failed to hit a home run in the game, he did set a local record of sorts by downing eighteen hot dogs prior to the game (documented in period reports). The ball, which appears to be an official American League ball (stampings light, but partially legible) is darkly toned with age, and displays a number of moderate abrasions throughout. In Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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