Lot 633: Mrs. Babe Ruth Collection (100+)
Auction Date:6/18/2003 9:00 PM EST
Large collection of Babe Ruth material (over 100 pieces), compiled from Mrs. Babe Ruth includes many original photographs (includes baseball, family, etc), handwritten letters, signed baseballs, checks, newspaper clippings and assorted memorabilia pertaining to Babe Ruth. Highlighted by a fabulous handwritten letter by Claire Ruth to a friend with important content regarding President Richard Nixon's acknowledgement of Ruth's called home run shot: "Pres. Nixon was relaxed, looked great & talked baseball for 45 minutes. He told me he saw the World Series game in Chicago in 1932 where Babe hit his famous home run to win the World Series after calling his shot. I was happy beyond words, what a sports fan he is & that 'Pat's' first autograph was Babe's of which she still has…" Also highlighted by four signed baseballs (ONL & OAL balls): 1. Signed by Red Ruffing, Joe Cronin, Warren Giles, Max Carey, Ed Roush, Ford Frick, Ted Lyons, "Sam" Rice, Frank Frisch, Ray Schalk & Mamie Ruth Moberly (Ruth's sister). 2. Signed by Mamie Ruth Moberly. 3. Signed by Mrs. Lou Gehrig. 4. Signed by Mrs. Babe Ruth. Also included in the collection: blank Mr. & Mrs. Babe Ruth check (EX-MT), famous vintage action photo of Babe Ruth in follow through at the 1934 Tour of Japan, Claire Ruth letter regarding Gil Hodges death (which she blames on the baseball strike), and much, much more! Overall EX to EX-MT.
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