Holiday Auction 2008 (#23)
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This lot is closed. Bidding ended on 12/4/2008.

The most celebrated athlete of his generation, Babe Ruth's fame extends far beyond the game of baseball, a true legend. Ruth exemplified the ultimate in sportsmanship and athleticism, and was a hero of mythic proportions to youngsters and adults from all walks of life. Pitching in his first World Series game in 1916 for the Red Sox, Ruth pitched the longest complete game in World Series history, 14 innings (13 of them scoreless). Ruth was sold to the Yankees in 1919 in the most infamous trade in baseball history. In his first season as a Yankee (1920), Ruth belted a whopping 54 home runs, far surpassing his own record of 29. The "Sultan of Swat" went on hit 60 homers in 1927, a feat not surpassed until 1961. He averaged over 50 homers a season from 1926 to 1931, hitting a home run on average once every 12 plate appearances. His career slugging percentage of .690 is far ahead of runner up Ted Williams (.634). Though many of his records have since been broken, the most famous being the single season home run record, Ruth is still tops in career walks (2056), single season walks (170) and single season total bases (457). One of the most desirable icons in the world of collecting, a Babe Ruth signed baseball is one of the few items with an appeal so universal that it transcends all areas of collecting. It is a classic, a standard, and a worthy centerpiece to even the most advanced collection. A magnificent example of a single signed Babe Ruth ball, this cream colored Reach OAL (Harridge) baseball has been single signed in vibrant blue fountain pen on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth. As a display piece, the ball is simply superb. The ball is lightly toned with very minor spotting. In our opinion, the large Ruth signature grades a 9. Accompanied by a LOA from JSA.

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Auction closed on Thursday, December 4, 2008.
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