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Lot # 940: Circa 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Barnstorming Tour Photograph (PSA Type I)

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Item was in Auction "Late Fall Classic 2021",
which ran from 11/14/2021 7:00 PM to
12/11/2021 10:00 PM

Original Type I photograph capturing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during the famous “Bustin’ Babes and Larrupin’ Lou’s” barnstorming tour. Each player is wearing his respective tour uniform as they pose together for the camera. This is the only example of this particular image we have ever seen. Its rarity is probably due to the fact that it was taken by a local newspaper photographer, or perhaps a fan at the game, as opposed to a syndicate cameraman, making it a unique photo dating from that historic barnstorming trip. The “Bustin’ Babes and Larrupin’ Lou’s” barnstorming tour, which traversed the country in both 1927 and 1928, was one of the most successful postseason tours in baseball history, as thousands flocked to the ballpark at each venue to see the two greatest sluggers in the game. Ruth and Gehrig were the only two players on the tour who traveled. Each of their respective teams was rostered with local talent, which only added to the “grassroots” spirit of the tour. Most of the games were never completed because the fans often rushed the field in the later innings to personally meet their idols. Souvenirs from the tour are scarce today and photos have always been popular mementos with collectors. The photo, printed on heavy stock, measures 8x9.25” and displays a rough right border and a few small surface blemishes. VG. Culled from the legendary Brown Brothers Photo Archive. PSA encapsulated as Type I Authentic.

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