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1921 New York Yankees (vs. Tigers) Program - Babe Ruth Pitches and Hits Two Home Runs in the Game!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,422

While Babe Ruth's fifteen-year career with the Yankees was most notable for his prodigious home-run total, few fans are aware that he compiled a sterling 5-0 record on the mound during that same period. Offered here is a program dating from his second of five mound appearances with the Yankees; a starting assignment against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 1921, at the Polo Grounds. The eight-page program has been neatly scored in pencil to record the Yankees' 13-8 victory, which was Ruth's first of two wins that year (the other came in relief on October 1st). Ruth worked the first five innings, allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out one (Ty Cobb), before giving way to Carl Mays. In addition to his mound work (he remained in the game; moving to the outfield in the sixth), Ruth also homered twice (once in the fourth inning and again in the seventh), both of which are duly recorded here. Interestingly, his second home run (twentieth of the season), which was estimated at a distance of 460 feet, was later described in the 1922 Reach Guide as "the longest drive in baseball history."

Ruth's first mound appearance with the Yankees took place in 1920, but it would not be until 1930 that he once again "toed the slab." His final pitching line with the Yankees occurred in 1933, when he recorded a complete-game win over the Red Sox on the last day of the season. This is the first New York Yankees program we have ever seen that records one of Ruth's five mound appearances. The fact that it also documents two of his then-record fifty-nine home runs only adds to its significance and desirability. The program (6.5 x 10 inches) displays a moderate vertical fold, toning along the base of the front cover and the spine, and a few minor creases. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422

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