1929 Babe Ruth's First Home Run Baseball of the Season....
This 471st home run of Ruth's storied career was somehow retrieved after its historic hurdle of the outfield wall, soon to begin a second life as a resident of the most famous memorabilia collection in existence at the time. Celebrated actor Joe E. Brown, a close friend of Ruth's and arguably the first great baseball memorabilia collector, was quickly made the beneficiary of this important horsehide, as a black fountain pen inscription from the iconic slugger indicates. Just above Ruth's sweet spot signature is his inscription, "To Joe E. Brown, My friend, My first HR of 1929." Printed on the western panel in another hand is further text: "Baseball given to actor Joe E. Brown by Babe Ruth for his 1st H.R. of 1929 Season." Note that the writing has been enhanced, a common practice in the early days of collecting, and a factor that does nothing to minimize the ball's status as Ruth's first homer of 1929.
The OAL (Barnard) baseball is mounted to a brass and marble stand for display and exhibits considerable handling wear, but the writing remains quite bold and legible for the most part, and certainly none of the historic appeal of the piece is lost for its decades of storage. It's unquestionably one of the most important Ruth home run baseballs ever to reach the hobby's auction block. Ruth would go on to hit forty-six home runs in 1929, his tenth of twelve American League-leading seasons. LOA from Heritage Auctions.
Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc., Large (view shipping information)