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This ball is the embodiment of the excitement and drama that surrounded Babe Ruth in his prime. After the 1924 season in which he hit 46 home runs, the Babe embarked on an exhibition tour of the West Coast. This was a time when the two most western major league teams were located in St. Louis, and the majority of the country knew Babe Ruth and his home run exploits solely through newspaper accounts. Thus, any opportunity to see baseball’s greatest sensation in real life turned into a public event of colossal proportion.

That was the atmosphere when Babe Ruth arrived in San Francisco on October 25, 1924. Over 2,000 fans turned out to watch Ruth simply stand at the plate in Exhibition Park and hit home run after home run into the stands. Newspaper reports from the time claim the home run king hammered a “whole gross” of balls out of the park that afternoon, and that spectators watching from the porch of a nearby house had to seek shelter inside lest they be hit by Ruth’s relentless blasts. The home run show warmed up the crowd and got the town good and ready for the following day’s events: a 10:30 morning game in Oakland followed by a 2:30 afternoon game in San Francisco.

This extraordinary ball dates from that day in 1924 when Ruth demonstrated to West Coast fans just what all the excitement surrounding him was all about. The owner’s grandfather obtained this ball back on October 25, 1924 and it has remained in the family until now. The Babe has signed the ball in black fountain pen, right on his customary sweet spot position. As was his custom prior to circa 1927, Ruth has added quotation marks to “Babe.” In addition to the signature, the great slugger has inscribed the ball with “Oct. 25, 1924.” The signature is firm and dark, with the exception of “Bab” which appears lighted due to a faulty fountain pen. The ball shows good use with scuffing and turf marks and may be a home run or exhibition game used ball. A great early Ruth single signed/inscribed ball with family provenance. The ball comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (AG01147) for the signature.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,400.00
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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