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Lot # 1203 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 Babe Ruth Broadside and News Photo from His Last Appearance at a Major League Stadium

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533

On July 19, 1948, Babe Ruth set foot on a major league field for the final time when he appeared at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis to take part in a free baseball clinic for boys sponsored by the American Legion and the Ford Motor Company. Offered here is a rare paper broadside and original news photo from that event. The broadside (8 x 10.5 inches) pictures Ruth in uniform holding two bats and encourages youngsters to come out and see "Babe Ruth in Person! - Baseball Clinic at Sportsman's Park, Saturday June 19 10:00 A. M." The flyer also notes that those attending are welcome to stay afterwards and see the game between the Yankees and Browns. Ex, with a vertical fold and a few minor creases. The "Acme" news photo (8.5 x 6.75 inches) captures Ruth in street clothes as he walks onto the field at Sportsman's Park to greet the fans. The original paper news caption, dated "6/19/48," remains affixed to the reverse. Vg-Ex, with a few minor creases. Ruth's attendance at this event is documented in the book Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend by Kal Wagenheim. In the chapter chronicling Ruth's final days in 1948, Wagenheim recounts that "A few days later, despite his pain, Ruth went on another tour for the American Legion, appearing in St. Louis, Sioux City, and Sioux Falls. But on June 23 he entered Memorial Hospital." Ruth was practically on death's doorstep at the time he entered Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on June 23, and he passed away less than a month later, on August 16th. This is a rare and extremely historic pair of items documenting Ruth's final appearance at a major league park. Total: 2 items (broadside and photo). Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533

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