Babe Ruth Milestone Home Run Signature Display (Pitchers HR #1, #500, and #714)

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1292

Item Year: 1935

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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This attractive framed wall display features the signatures of three pitchers who, if not for one fateful pitch, would probably be unknown to most baseball fans. Each of the pitchers represented here, Jack Warhop, Willis Hudlin, and Guy Bush, served up a milestone home run to Babe Ruth. Ruth's first career homer came at the expense of Yankees pitcher Jack Warhop on May 5, 1915, at the Polo Grounds. (Warhop also gave up Ruth's second career home run later that season.) Fourteen years later Ruth tagged Indians pitcher Willis Hudlin for his 500th home run on August 11, 1929, at Cleveland's League Park. Ruth's final home run, the 714th of his career, was served up by Pirates pitcher Guy Bush on May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field. Warhop's signature, which is the most elusive of the trio (he died in 1960), has been scripted in black ink on the back of what appears to be a government postcard. The signatures of Hudlin (died 2002) and Bush (died 1985) have each been scripted in blue ink on a postcard (Hudlin unlined; Bush lined). All of the signatures have been boldly executed and grade "10." The cards are in apparent Near Mint condition. Matted above each card is a 6.5 x 4.75-inch photo of Ruth, depicting him as a member of the club he was affiliated with at the time of the corresponding home run: the Red Sox, the Yankees, and the Braves. Total dimensions: 31 x 20 inches. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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