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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 each player, each of whom inscribes and signs on his page. The only players who didn't sign are Neal and one other (who was replaced and not present). Also signed by Babe Ruth (East manager) and Carl Hubbell (East coach) -- next to/across their photos -- and by Mel Ott, Branch Rickey, Cal Hubbard (twice), and Al Mamaux (twice) -- on the autograph pages. Many other signatures inside include scouts, officials, newspaper men, and 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. Ruth appears in jet black 10/10 black ink with some very light blue smudges which transferred from autographs on the facing page.
    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). Ty Cobb (West manager) 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.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $4,000 - up.

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