The first World Series Babe Ruth ever played in saw his Red Sox down the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. From Game Five in the City of Brotherly Love, these four ticket stubs once found a home in a photo album explaining the paper residue on the backs. The stubs originate from the family of 1915 Red Sox World Champion Dick Hoblitzell, who played first base. The seats were right next to each other. Boston clinched the series that day with a 5-4 victory at the Baker Bowl.
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.