Accounts of Babe Ruth’s meteoric home runs remain fascinating because of both their tape-measure distances and unprecedented frequency. Ruth’s grand style, too, was a source of widespread admiration as his actions prompted superlatives both on and off the diamond. Lesser documented was his bitter exit from the game he had all but single-handedly resurrected in the wake of the “Black Sox” disgrace and close of the hypnotic Dead Ball Era. Perhaps the most coveted autograph in American Sports and culture – then and now – Ruth’s penmanship is bold and beautiful on this signed check display. And while it hails from shortly after his unparalleled playing career, it bears the familiar qualities and potency of a naturally sought-after Ruth penning. Framed to dimensions of 15-1/8 x 15-1/8” under a cream-colored matte with gilded edges, the crisp voucher is drawn from Ruth’s personal account at New York’s “Chemical Bank & Trust Company.” It is dated “June 4, 1936” and made out to “Finchley” in the amount of “67.32” (entirely in Ruth’s hand). On the appropriate line, Ruth has signed “GH Ruth” in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. The endorsement projects (“8-9”) strength and clarity while the overall presentation is accented by two black-and-white photos of Ruth. Relegated to hunting, bowling and golf, Ruth awaited a managerial offer that never came. Shortly following Ruth’ death in 1948, his wife, Claire, opined that he had been unfairly “blacklisted” by big league owners (which was partially true). The date of the offered check was, in fact, one year following his retirement/release as a player. Disabled with a bad knee, Ruth asked Braves owner Emil Fuchs for permission to attend the New York arrival of France’s Normandie ocean liner (to which Ruth was issued an invitation). Fuchs, who had spewed forth empty promises of a managerial position, refused the request, tempers flared and Ruth was out. Following his departure, the moribund Braves went on to finish 38-115, which was worse in terms of percentage (.248) than even the 1962 New York Mets. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA. Note: this item has a reserve (estimated value: $5000-$6000)
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