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1946 Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Glove with Outstanding Provenance!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,600

Offered here is perhaps the single finest Babe Ruth signed glove in the collecting world with regard to provenance. The vintage first-baseman's glove has been inscribed by Ruth in blue ink on the reverse, "To Big Kenneth/From/Babe Ruth," with both the inscription and signature grading "7" overall. The "Kenneth" to whom this glove is addressed is Kenneth E. Caselnova Sr., who has provided a notarized one-page typed-signed letter of provenance, dated March 12, 2010, detailing its history. While the letter was written to properly document the glove, it is also notable for its rich narrative style. In it, he reminisces about a wonderful week during his childhood in 1946 when Ruth and his wife Claire, along with their pet boxer pup, stayed at his parent's home in Westport, Connecticut. In part:

My father, Doctor Vito Edward Caselnova first became acquainted with George "The Babe" Herman Ruth after he started playing for the New York Yankees in 1920. My father was Babe's agent's doctor and they would meet up at Yankee Stadium with Doctor Irwin who was Babe's personal traveling physician at the time. My father was golf chairman at Longshore Country Club in Westport, CT. Longshore was to be having a charity golf event on June 22, 1946 in which Babe was to be a celebrity guest along with the Hall of Fame Halfback, Ken Strong. After the event, Babe spent the week as guests at my father's estate, also in Westport, CT with his wife Claire and their boxer puppy. My parents spent the week having nightly dinner parties for Babe Claire and friends. In those days the lady of the house still wore aprons when they cooked. I remember clear as if it were yesterday, Babe walking right up to my mother in the morning, taking off her apron, putting it on and telling her "Move over Mrs. C, the Babe is making breakfast now!". . . .I also remember Babe signing everything in his path except the bed he slept in. Not just bats, balls, and the gloves you see here. In those days women still wore white gloves and he took my mother's gloves and signed them too.

Ruth's week-long stay at Dr. Caselnova's house in Westport, Connecticut, in June 1946, is well documented in period newspaper accounts, including details of his daily golf rounds and a visit he made to Norwalk Hospital to visit injured firefighters. This glove is also one of a number of Ruth-signed items we have seen originating from members of the Caselnova family over the years. The glove is well worn, with torn lacing along the base and on the thumb. No manufacturer's stampings are visible, but the front is stamped "Jimmy Foxx Model." In Good condition overall. Very few gloves signed by Babe Ruth are known to exist. (In all our years, we can recall seeing only one other.) Fans were much more likely to present baseballs, photographs, autograph books, and even bats for players to sign. In addition, few Babe Ruth signed items are accompanied by such verifiable provenance as this glove, making it an exceptional Ruth-signed piece in all respects. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA.

SOLD FOR $6,600

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