Lot 1048: Exceptional leatherbound autograph album, 6.25 x 4.25, signed inside by Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and the 1946 Boston Red Sox team, highlighted by a rare single page signed in fountain pen, "Sincerely, Babe Ruth," and signed and inscribed, "To 'Dick,' Best wishes to a nice kid, Ted Williams." Also signed on two pages later in the book (one on both sides), by twenty-three members of the 1946 team, including: Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Dave 'Boo' Ferriss, Mike Ryba, Johnny Lazor, Mickey Harris, George Metkovich, Rudy York, Rip Russell, Hal Wagner, Eddie McGah, Tex Hughson, Jim Bagby, Ernie Andres, Joe Dobson, Earl Johnson, Charlie Wagner, Randy Heflin, Tom Carey, Mace Brown, and trainer 'Win' Green. Other pages in the album are signed by friends and acquaintances of the original owner. Some scattered soiling and Williams's signature apparently later traced over in pencil resulting in a deep unobtrusive impression, otherwise fine condition. Since Ruth and Williams played in different eras, the two great hitters are hardly ever found together on a single item, making this piece especially desirable. It is also a relatively early example of Williams's autograph: 1946 was his first season back home after spending three years as a naval aviator. He went on to win his first MVP award in the same year, leading his team—the other signatories found in this autograph book—to the World Series.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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