Lot # 2089: 1938 Babe Ruth and Tony Lazzeri Original News Photograph - PSA/DNA Type I - Ruth's Coaching Debut!

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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



Original news photo capturing Babe Ruth making his coaching debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on June 19, 1938. Certified as an original Type I photograph by PSA/DNA. Ruth caught up with an old teammate that day as he is pictured here talking with Tony Lazzeri of the Chicago Cubs. This photo is of special significance in that it not only represents the final chapter in Ruth's Major League career but also the close of his hope to be a Major League manager. Although Ruth openly campaigned for a managerial position in the years immediately following his retirement as a player, offers were not forthcoming. Ruth felt particularly slighted that the Yankees had not given him an opportunity to manage. His only official association with any club following his 1935 retirement as a player came on June 19, 1938, when he was hired as the Brooklyn Dodgers' first-base coach by general manager Larry MacPhail. Ruth took the job with the explicit understanding that he would be given an opportunity to eventually take over for then-manager Burleigh Grimes. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were less than truthful with him. Whereas Ruth thought he was being groomed for the manager's job, the Dodgers looked upon him strictly as a drawing card. Right from the start Ruth was ordered by management to put on pre-game "home run displays" and stay late to sign autographs for fans. To his chagrin, Ruth quickly realized that he had been duped once again. (The Braves, in 1935, also signed Ruth with the false promise of a future managerial position.) Ruth had no interest in being a sideshow attraction; he wanted to be manager. Disgusted with the situation, he left the Dodgers at season's end. Unfortunately, his dream of becoming a manager never came to fruition; thus his Major League career came to an official close with the Dodgers at the end of the 1938 season.  An "N. E. A." credit stamp, dated "6-21 '38," appears on the reverse, along with the original paper news caption, dated "6/19/38." The photo (8 x 6 inches) displays a few tiny surface wrinkles and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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