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Babe Ruth 1946 Single-Signed Ball - Full JSA

Lot Number 386

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A formidable presence whose permanent panache was warranted equally by tape-measure home runs and strikeouts marked by a torso twisted in violent fashion, Babe Ruth endured a demise that, in spite of its agonizing pain, never compromised his vivacious demeanor and compliance with adoring fans. This single signed Ruth baseball is a testament to his relationship with the public: an alliance in which Ruth felt almost obligated to provide autographs, photo opportunities and, most of all, unforgettable performances. The creamy “Official American Association” orb presents beautifully, with trademark stampings and the facsimile signature of league president H. Roy Hamey that date specifically to 1946. Still a rotund physical specimen at 51, Ruth spent part of the 1946 baseball season in Mexico City as Jorge Pascual’s guest in the latter’s effort to entice Major League players to jump ship and join the Mexican League. Soon after, however, Ruth complained of a severe pain over his left eye and entered New York’s French Hospital. A malignant growth was discovered and its progress was far too advanced. Debilitated, Ruth remained in the hospital for three months and lost 80 pounds. Remissions and flare-ups ensued, and Ruth was gone in less than two years. One of the very last baseballs autographed by the American athletic and cultural icon, this one is an absolute beauty. Executed on the sweet spot in black-ink steel tip fountain pen, Ruth’s endorsement projects every bit of (“6-7”) potency, with the uppercase “B” and “R” characters definitive traits. There is inherent irony, as well, as Hamey (who presided over the American Association in 1946 only) went on to take over as General Manager of the New York Yankees in 1961, the year Ruth’s single-season home run record of 34 years was eclipsed. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.   

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