Lot # 17: March 4, 1920 Babe Ruth Original News Photograph - First Appearance in a New York Yankees Uniform! - PSA/DNA Type I

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Original news photo capturing Babe Ruth and Ping Bodie posing together at spring training in 1920. Encapsulated and certified as an original Type I photograph by PSA/DNA. This photo was taken during Babe Ruth's first day at spring training in 1920 and represents his first appearance in a New York Yankees uniform! An "Underwood & Underwood" credit stamp appears on the reverse, along with the original paper news caption, dated "3/4/20." It appears that Underwood & Underwood was the only news-service taking pictures during the Yankees' first day of spring training on March 4, 1920, because we have only seen one other Type I photo of Ruth taken on that day, and it was also by Underwood & Underwood. (The other photo pictures Ruth in a batting pose.) The caption on the reverse reads: "Babe Ruth, the Home Run King, in a New York Uniform, revealing some of his batting secrets to his new pal Bing Brodie [sic], outfielder, while training with the New York Yankees at Jacksonville, Fla - Ruth donned a New York uniform following his sale by the Boston Red Sox for the reported sum of $120,000 - His salary is stated to be $20,000 a year." Ping Bodie was Babe Ruth's roommate on road trips during the 1921 season. Ruth, especially during his early years, enjoyed the night life, and was notorious for breaking the team's bedtime curfews. When Bodie was later asked what it was like to room with Ruth, he replied with the now famous quote, "I don't. I room with his suitcase." The photo (7 x 9.5 inches) displays light surface wrinkles and a tiny edge tear along the base. The words "FILE COPY/DO NOT REMOVE" are heavily embossed twice on the front, indicating that photo originates directly from the Underwood & Underwood offices. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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