As the Deadball Era came to a close and the World Series became almost an annual stage for Babe Ruth, baseball’s popularity soared to unprecedented heights. From the tail end of those “Murderers Row” years, this display celebrates both Ruth and the Fall Classic as it is headlined by a 1934 World Series program cover autographed by the legendary pinstriper icon. Framed to dimensions of 26-3/4 x 20-7/8”, the center attraction is a 1934 World Series program decorated (on the front cover) with a bold Ruth endorsement. Issued at Detroit’s Navin Field, the publication features an angled banner listing the Detroit and St. Louis combatants. Executed in steel tip fountain pen atop that banner image, Ruth’s regal penning projects (“6”) potency, with what appears to be moisture-induced ink migration minimally affecting the upper-case “B” and preventing even higher assessment. Flanking the keepsake are black-and-white photos of Ruth in his Yankee pinstripes. While Ruth had just finished his playing days in New York and the ’34 Fall Classic did not involve the Bronx Bombers, the October showdown had definitive ties to Ruth. In his capacity as a ghostwriter for Christy Walsh, Ruth attended the series and, not surprisingly, created a controversy that, by many accounts, transcended the series itself. On a train platform with prominent sportswriter Joe Williams, Ruth was asked if he’d return to the Yankees for the 1935 campaign. “Hell, no,” Ruth answered. “I’m through with the Yanks. I won’t play with them again unless I can manage. But they’re sticking with McCarthy, and that lets me out.” Williams wrote the story and, one by one, managerial prospects in Boston, Washington and Philadelphia were snuffed out. Accompanying the piece is a full photo LOA from JSA.
Frames included with lots: while we make every effort to protect the frames included in these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping, we are not responsible for any damage to the frames themselves, and no refunds will be given due to frame damage.