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Lot # 17: Documented 1916 World Series "Opening Game" Game Used Baseball From Babe Ruth's Roommate

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "2019 Fall Classic",
which ran from 11/3/2019 7:00 PM to
12/6/2019 10:00 PM

102 years before they would meet again in the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in the 1916 Fall Classic with the one notable difference being Brooklyn's nickname was then the Robins. This game used ball was used in Game One and comes from the family of Babe Ruth's roommate, Dick Hoblitzell. The ball features the handwritten inscription: "Oct 7 -16, Brooklyn 5, Boston 6" as well as other writing that is not legible. The ball shows visible use, and the labels cannot be seen anymore. Game Two of that series would feature 13 shutout innings pitched by Ruth.

Lelands is pleased to offer the collection of Babe Ruth’s former roommate, Dick Hoblitzell, in our 2019 Fall Classic sale. Hoblitzell started his career off with the Cincinnati Reds from 1908-14 and then closed his career out with the Boston Red Sox from 1914-1918. During his time with the Red Sox, he roomed with Babe Ruth on the road and became a two-time World Series Champion in 1915 and 1916. In 1918, Hoblitzell started the season off batting 1-for-25 and was then replaced by his former roommate Babe Ruth! Ranging from a 1915 World Champion Red Sox team signed baseball to game balls and Dick’s personal World Series programs, there is a little bit of everything in this “fresh to market” collection. Each lot sources from the family of Dick Hoblitzell and can be found in the “Dick Hoblitzell Collection” category of the current auction.

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