Lot # 12: 1920 Babe Ruth (HOF) Original Type 1 News Service Photo by Underwood - Last Known Image in a Red Sox Uniform

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Item was in Auction "Spring, 2024 Premier Auction",
which ran from 3/11/2024 12:00 AM to
3/30/2024 9:00 PM

Regarded within the hobby as Babe Ruth's last known image in a Boston Red Sox uniform, the presented 7" x 9.5" Type 1 news service photo marks a tectonic shift in the landscape of American sports culture. Dated 01/22/20 on verso (exactly six days after the prohibition era began), the affixed paper caption details Ruth's sale from the Red Sox to the New York Yankees for a reported sum of $120,000, "the largest price ever paid for a baseball player." The image was captured in Los Angeles, CA where approximately one month prior then Yankees manager Miller Huggins traveled to speak with Ruth directly in an effort to finalize the Bambino's first Yankees contract. After enjoying the services of Ruth during three World Series championship seasons (1915, 1916, 1918) the Red Sox would have to wait over 8 decades before capturing another World Series title without him. With Ruth leading the way the Yankees dominated the baseball world, capturing four World Series titles during the Hall of Famer's tenure (1923, 1927, 1928, 1932). This significant original photograph presents beautifully, free of obtrusive blemishes aside from cracking to the emulsion in the extreme lower-right corner. Full paper caption on verso remains fully intact over large Underwood news photo service stamping. Authenticated and encapsulated as a Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA and includes full LOA from PSA as well.



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