Babe Ruth Auction to Benefit Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/6/2016

On May 4, 1933, six orphaned boys from Passaic, New Jersey, heroically prevented a tragic railroad accident. Their bravery was recognized by news media, and word quickly reached Babe Ruth. Immediately, the big-hearted Yankee star rushed to congratulate the young men by means of a personal Postal Telegraph message and, shortly thereafter, the orphans were his honored guests in the home team's dugout at Yankee Stadium. Two emotionally charged keepsakes from the memorable event are presented here, including: "Orphan Heroes Meet Their Hero" News Release Photo - Produced by the Elliott Service Co. of New York, this wonderful 18-1/2" x 22-1/2", black-and-white image shows Ruth in uniform on game day, accompanied by the Passaic boys as well as Yankees owner Col. Jake Ruppert and Manager Joe McCarthy; "Postal Telegraph" Transmission Sheet - Sent from Ruth to Rudolph Borsche (one of the oldest of the six boys) the message reads, in part: " ... I will try to hit an extra home run for you this summer and will have you as my guest at Yankee Stadium ... my hearty congratulations go with this telegram ... " Both paper items show routine wear from handling (and the telegram carries "attic staining"); they are housed in separate, vintage frames and present quite nicely. The boys– who lived at the "Passaic Orphan Asylum" and ranged in age between 11 and 15 years at the time of the incident –  demonstrated their courage after observing a train track wash away during a heavy rainstorm. They acted quickly and without regard to danger by running down the track to successfully flag down and alert an oncoming engineer to the peril that lay ahead. This pair of relics records and commemorates their actions –  and the Babe's touching response. Goldin Auctions will be donating 5% of the winning bid price of this lot and all lots in this auction to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $488.00
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
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