Description1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball from His Last Public Signing. In an age when sports fans have grown accustomed to disappointment from their athletic heroes, the selfless dedication to the youth of America demonstrated by a dying Babe Ruth in June of 1948 seems all the more noble by contrast. From his own childhood of struggle and deprivation, the Babe grew to become perhaps the most famous man in the world, though he never forgot his humble start or the example set by his mentor Brother Mathias at the Baltimore orphanage where he was raised. So while Ruth's appearance at a charity baseball tournament in Iowa just two months prior to the end of his battle with terminal cancer might seem extraordinary, it was likewise quite typical of the big-hearted legend famous for his kindness to children.
Participants in our May 2012 Signature Auction will surely recall the remarkable offering of high-grade Babe Ruth signed baseballs consigned by the family of John Hart, who sponsored the youth baseball tournament in Spencer, Iowa that would prove to be the last public signing of the Hall of Fame icon. In his capacity as celebrity spokesman for the Ford Motor Company, Ruth was on hand in the small midwestern town to present a Championship trophy to the victor in a Chamber of Commerce baseball tournament, and signed several dozen baseballs at Hart's Ford dealership prior to the ceremonies. Here we present a baseball signed for a young Iowan who attended the event.
Ruth's signature appears with 8/10 blue fountain pen boldness on the sweet spot of a "Special League" sphere with two-toned stitching that effectively mimics the appearance of those Official balls used during Ruth's playing career. Along with this baseball, and a signed letter of provenance from the septuagenarian who met Ruth as a boy that day, are two other baseballs autographed by participants in the tournament. These other baseballs survive in VG condition, with no signers familiar to us. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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