As George Herman Ruth approached his mid-30s, his weight fluctuated (always because of his own efforts or lack thereof), and his home run trot and outfield agility slowed ever so slightly. But the home runs never stopped. Nor did his confidence and resultant Yankee championships and most of all, his captivating personality. He had out-done his own improbable record by launching 60 home runs in 1927. And while that was the single-season longball pinnacle of his remarkable career, he followed it with successive totals of 54, 46, 49 and 46 – all American League highs. It was during this run of unfathomable consistency that Ruth Autographed this baseball. The crowning jewel of any collection, the Ruth single-singed sphere is a showpiece akin to the fatted calf, in this instance. The off-white OAL Barnard orb features prominent 1928 trademark stampings, vibrant laces and the facsimile signature of a short-lived American League boss whose brief tenure coincided with the apex of Ruth’s Bronx endeavor. In its customary occupancy of the sweet spot, Ruth’ black-ink steel tip fountain pen signature projects every bit of (“7-8”) strength and clarity. The single most lauded and adored personality in the history of both sports and American culture, Ruth embraced his admirers, which included a large percentage of his teammates and opponents. Typifying Ruth’s engaging demeanor and sense of humor, a 1930 conversation by the Sportsman’s Park batting cage with St. Louis Browns skipper Bill Killefer went like this: “Your face is getting fatter and fatter,” Killefer said. Ruth spit some tobacco and deadpanned “Yeah? Well I don’t hit with my face.” A barrage of questions (from both Killefer and a reporter) followed. In reply to an inquiry if he had to “dodge phone calls” from his wife while on the road, Ruth replied “Go to hell.” He answered subsequent questions about books, horses, idols and political figures, one of which drew another “Go to hell” retort. But he was compliant throughout, as he always was, interrupting the inquiries only to take his turn in the cage. That was Babe Ruth: a baseball and cultural deity whom nobody could deny was the most magnificent they had ever encountered. Included, as well, is an original OAL Barnard box (missing top panel), which dates to 1929-1931. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $10,000 - $15,000).
Note: This baseball now comes with dual authentication from PSA/DNA