1927 Babe Ruth News Photo

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1643

Item Year: 1927

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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News photo, dating from Ruth's historic 1927 season, capturing the fabled "Sultan of Swat" in a batting pose on the sidelines. The stamping on the reverse reads "Babe Ruth/Exam - Jun 23 1927." Below that is a large asterisk (drawn in marker) and the number "60" written in black crayon. If this photo were taken on June 23, 1927, it captures Ruth at Fenway Park in Boston, as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 11-4 on that date. Ruth went 1-4 in the game, but teammate Lou Gehrig hit three home runs in the contest, giving him twenty-one for the year and allowing him to pull within three of Ruth's league-leading total of twenty-four at the time. The photo (6.5 x 10.5 inches) has been trimmed along all four borders and displays a number of light-to-moderate creases throughout, as well as editorial outlining and shading to Ruth's face. Without respect to the trimming, the photo remains in Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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