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    1934 Babe Ruth Signed Statement Announcing End of Yankees Career. It was just over a year ago that the contract transferring Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees was sold at auction for $996,000. Here we find the perfect bookend to that most significant of baseball documents, a signed statement indicating Ruth's intentions to leave behind the team he defines to this day.

    This singularly unique artifact is Ruth's personally approved statement to the press regarding his disappointing revelation that his dreams of managing the Yankees would go unfulfilled, and his intention to abandon the Bronx as a result. The statement was dictated to a reporter during the sixth game of the World Series in Detroit (as a handwritten notation at upper right in reporter's hand notes), and signed at the close by Ruth in 9/10 pencil. Ruth's autograph has been "lined-through," a standard policy when news stories were transmitted by telegraph, as this one was. The text, in its entirety, follows:

    Babe Ruth Statement (penned in reporter's hand)
    "To avoid any misunderstanding here's what happened. Before leaving New York, I had a meeting with Col. Ruppert and asked, 'Colonel, are you satisfied with McCarthy for next year?'
    The Colonel replied that he was and I said, 'That suits me-that's all I wanted to know.'
    I did not say that 'It is a case of McCarthy or me.'
    This much is certain-I want to remain in base ball but I will not sign a players contract next year with any club.
    In view of Col Ruppert's decision I will now make my personal and business plans accordingly.
    (Signed) Babe Ruth."

    The Babe's official announcement to the world that he would no longer represent the Yankees rates as one of the most important sports documents to reach the auction block. The 4.5x8.5" page is affixed to a scrapbook page above a clipped newspaper article the statement spawned. Text at lower right, in the hand of the reporter, explains that the signed Ruth statement resulted from the Babe's desire to refute an earlier printed article that "...quoted Babe as saying to Ruppert 'It's either McCarthy or me.'..." The entirety of the scrapbook page measures 9.5x13". Mild toning and a single vertical fold to the Ruth statement page well clear of the Babe's autograph are the only condition issues worth noting. LOA from PSA/DNA.


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