Lot 983: Stunning glossy 5 x 7 portrait of Ruth in his Yankees uniform, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To my Pal Alan Gould, Jr., From Babe Ruth, Dec 25-1932." Attractively double-matted and framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 12.5. A few surface creases (most noticeable to upper left corner and none affecting his face or signature area), and some light contrast to a single word of the inscription, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Gould, a longtime sportswriter and editor for the Associated Press, had been a correspondent at the famous 1932 World Series just a few months earlier—one that has gone down in history for Ruth's legendary 'called shot' in game three. Reflecting on the veracity of the tale years later, Gould would say, 'The Babe unquestionably called his shot. I was there.' In addition to its remarkable association with an iconic moment in baseball history, this is simply a beautifully captured portrait of Ruth looking pensively into the camera—a pose we have never before encountered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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