Winter Auction 2017 Ending January 29
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/29/2017
No ballplayer in the history of the game has done more for kids than Babe Ruth. Being neglected as a boy made the slugger very sympathetic to the precarious plight of children and throughout his life went out of his way to visit orphanages, hospitals and reformatories. These visits gave disadvantaged children hope and a sense of security knowing that someone special cared about them.
This signed and inscribed ball is a silent testament to Ruth’s personal campaign to help the little ones who can’t help themselves. Probably gifted as a raffle drawing prize, the Babe has signed this Spalding Official National League ball on the side panel and inscribed the sweet spot with “To The Homeless Children Benefit Ball 1924”. The signature and inscription is in black fountain pen which has aged to a warm brown. It is noteworthy that the signature has “Babe” in quotes since early-signed Ruth baseballs are not easy to find, especially when pinpointed to a specific year. The leather shows some toning spots with age but overall remains very bright for a 92 year-old ball. A great example of the Babe going out of his way to help the children, whose plight he personally could identify with. The ball comes with full LOAs from both PSA/DNA and JSA (Y43225) for the signature.
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