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Lot # 236: 1916 Babe Ruth and Boston Red Sox Teammates Original Photograph Album w/Three Babe Ruth Images (Provenance)

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is a 1916 original Boston Red Sox photograph album that comes with three images of Babe Ruth in a large crowd in front of the Draper Maynard Factory, in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Four decades before Joe Namath made the fur coat cool attire for a sports personality, the Bambino is in his own fur coat. There is a total of fifteen (15) photos, including one loose. Photos include Duffy Lewis - an outfielder who was a part of two Boston Red Sox World Series winners - inspecting catcher's gloves, players hunting in their Red Sox sweaters, and Dick Hoblitzell a first baseman and a 3-time World Series Champion, fishing. It seems that a number of the 1916 Red Sox, World Champions, went to a rural camp at the Draper Maynard Factory after they won the World Series. Babe Ruth was the team's star hurler as he had a 23-12 record, with an American League-leading 1.75 ERA. Numerous photos have been removed from the album, and all were authenticated as PSA Type I. The 5.75x7.2", 26-page album comes from the collection of Dick Hoblitzell, who was on the Red Sox from 1914-1918. The item also comes with a typed letter signed by Edward Maynard, the Superintendent of the Draper Maynard Factory, to Hoblitzell. In part, the letter reads, "January 9, 1917. [To] 'Dick' Hoblitzel [sic], Dear Sir, I am sending under separate cover a book containing some of the pictures taken when you were at the camp last fall. We hope that this will serve as a reminder to you that up here in the woods there is a welcome for you and Mrs. Hoblitzel [sic] any time when you will favor us with a visit.... Very truly yours, THE DRAPER MAYNARD COMPANY By [signed] Edward Maynard/Supt." The album covers shows wear, with some staining, discoloration, and partial, small tears along the spine. The back inside cover shows a hand-painted image of an alarm bell ringing. Despite some imperfections in the album itself, the photographs of more than a century of age hold up very well, and they depict the 1916 Boston Red Sox and their wives relaxing and at ease in the woods of New Hampshire.

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