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Lot # 9: 1934 Babe Ruth Signed Tour of Japan Original Photograph (PSA Type I)

Category: Ruth and Gehrig

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 27 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

Displayed is a signed and inscribed 1934 original Type I photograph of Babe Ruth in action during that year's American baseball tour of Japan. Americans had toured Japan on five previous occasions, but the '34 squad was the best team the United States had ever sent to Japan. The National League wouldn't allow its players to go on the tour, so the players were taken from the American League. The American team, called the All-Americans, had Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, Earl Averill, and Bing Miller in the outfield; in the infield were Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig on first, Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer on second, Earl "Rabbit" McNair at short, and Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx on third. Frankie Hayes and Moe Berg handled the catching. Pitchers were Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez, Earl Whitehill, Joe Cascarella, and Clint Brown. Harold Warstler was an infielder added at the last moment when Hall of Famer Joe Cronin, because of injury, couldn't make the trip. Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack was on the trip, not as a manager, but as a kind of supervisor, and Babe Ruth was the official manager, with Lefty O'Doul as a coach. Games were played in 12 Japanese cities, including Tokyo, Kobe, and Sendai. The Americans won all 18 games, by a combined score of 181-36. The 39-year-pld Ruth was near the end of his career, and he played only half of the 1935 Major League season, with the Boston Braves, before retiring, but he hit 13 home runs and batted .406 during the trip. The tour was a resounding success, and the American players were mobbed with well-wishes and crowded stadia. Under the surface, however, there was tension. Some observers of the international scene thought that Japan and the United States were eventually heading for war. The American team was shadowed on the streets and while away from their hotel their luggage was searched. Catcher Moe Berg brought a movie camera to Japan, and he is thought by some to have been on a spying mission by slipping away from the team, even during games when he was not playing, and taken movie films of Japanese installations for future use by the United States military. The original Type I photograph measures 6.6x8.5". The back of the photo has stains and remnants of tape, and glue. Ruth has neatly signed and inscribed the photo, using dark blue or black ink from a fountain pen, and writing, "Sincerely Babe Ruth." The Bambino's signature, as usual, was made with outstanding penmanship, and was big and bold as well. The Type I photo has been encapsulated and PSA/DNA certified Type I Authentic.

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