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Lot # 1303 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1932 Babe Ruth News Photo - "The Swing"

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,185.00

Remarkable Babe Ruth "action" photo capturing him in mid swing. Ruth may have possessed extraordinary physical skills, but as this photo clearly demonstrates, his swing was textbook in its execution. Ruth has firmly transferred his weight to the front foot and his hips are ahead of his hands, with the barrel of the bat being "whipped" through the hitting zone at the moment of contact. The sheer force of Ruth's swing is clearly shown here by the apparent curvature of the bat as the camera attempts to record the point of impact. This photo is actually one in a sequence of five picturing Ruth's entire swing that was taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1930s. Obviously, this was the "money" shot in that sequence and the one that truly exemplifies Ruth's power at the plate. The fact that Ruth is wearing a Yankees road uniform with a uniform number dates it to the period 1929 through 1934, while the girth of his waistline probably indicates that it was taken during the later half of that six-year span. It should be noted that our consignor purchased this photo for $2,224 at public auction in 2006 and it has remained in his advanced Ruth photo collection since that time. The photo (5 x 8 inches) displays light border wear and the number "3" is written on the reverse in pencil (probably indicating its order in the original five-photo sequence). In Excellent condition overall. This is an extraordinary Ruth "action" shot and one that truly epitomizes his legendary power at the plate. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,185.00

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