Lot # 1873: 1915 World Series Rotogravure Newspaper Supplement in Framed Display Featuring Babe Ruth

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM

Rare rotogravure pictorial supplement issued by The Public Ledger (a daily Philadelphia newspaper) prior to the start of the 1915 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. The left side of the enormous two-page spread features photos of 23 members of the Phillies, while the right side pictures 22 members of the Red Sox. This is the first example of this supplement we have ever seen and given its fragile nature, regional distribution, and one-time publication, we cannot imagine that many, if any, others have survived. The highlight of the piece is the inclusion of a large photograph of pitcher Babe Ruth in the lower right-hand corner. Ruth was in his rookie season with the Red Sox in 1915 and he quickly established himself as one of the top left-handed pitchers in the league. Ruth compiled an 18-8 record with an ERA of 2.44 during his rookie campaign, but perhaps more telling with regard to his future fame was the fact that he led the club in home runs (4) despite having only 92 at bats. (To put that number in perspective, the league-leader in home runs in 1915 was Braggo Roth with 7; only seven players in the league hit more home runs than Ruth). Other participants featured in the supplement, all of whom are identified in print below their respective photos, are Grover Alexander, Eppa Rixey, and manager Pat Moran of Philadelphia, and Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, and player/manager Bill Carrigan of Boston. The display (31 x 21 inches; visible dimensions) displays normal fold lines and a few tiny tears along the folds. The piece has not been examined out of frame, but it appears to be mounted and coated with a thin, clear, substance for protection and preservation. Excellent to Mint in its overall appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 41.5 x 31 inches. The size/weight of this item requires that there will be an additional shipping charge for this lot. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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