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    1945 Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, & Carl Hubbell Multi-Signed "Esquire's All-American Boy's Baseball Game" Lot of 5. Amateur baseball in the 1940's saw its greatest young stars pitted against one another at New York City's Polo Grounds field of battle for an event called the "All-American Boy's Baseball Game," sponsored by Esquire Magazine. While many fans would turn out in hopes of seeing the Big League stars of tomorrow, perhaps even more came to catch a glimpse of the stars of yesteryear, who would serve as honorary managers of the opposing "East" and "West" teams. In 1945 the dugouts were manned by the biggest baseball names of all, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.

    1) "Autograph and clipping book" produced by Esquire as a keepsake for the players. This particular copy originally belonged to pitcher Bob Neal. Contains over thirty pages of heavy stock glossy photos of the players, managers, coaches, batboys, scouts, journalists, and executives connected with the event. Signed by east manager Babe Ruth (jet black 10/10 black ink with some very light blue smudges which transferred from autographs on the facing page) next to his photo and east coach Carl Hubbell (8/10 blue ink) across his photo. Also signed by Mel Ott, Branch Rickey, Cal Hubbard (twice), and Al Mamaux (twice) on the autograph pages. Furthermore, every player (with the exception of Neal and one other) signs, as do many other of the individuals connected with the event (even the bat boys!). The pages exhibit some uniform undulation but the book is in otherwise overall EX condition. The steel-tip fountain pen autographs are beautiful and grade an overall 9.5/10 in strength.

    2) Official game program. The covers are detached and chipped but still present. Inner pages are intact.

    3-4) East and West team roster pages (exhibit folds and wear). West manager Ty Cobb signs the back of the East roster sheet in NRMT pencil, adding the date "8/21/45" for good measure.

    5) Original news photograph (6x12") pictures Ruth with seventeen of the players. "Associated Press Photo" stamp and "1945" date in pencil on back. Light wear (surface creases and border tear) but still nice. Two Full LOA's from PSA/DNA.

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    October, 2019
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