DescriptionApril 10, 1947 Babe Ruth Handwritten and Signed Postcard. Charley Weber had his daughter to thank for his incredible baseball connections. Though his good natured gregariousness and the top-quality meat he sold at his butcher shop certainly endeared him to the elite of the New York dugouts, it all began when in 1933 his daughter married a nineteen-year old rookie pitcher for the New York Giants named Jack Salveson. Many introductions were subsequently made. Soon Charley was rubbing elbows with Gehrig and Stengel. Bill Terry and Branch Rickey, who lived in the Bronxville, New York neighborhood where Weber's Market stood, were frequent customers and good friends. A newspaper clipping included in the magnificent collection we present below pictures Weber at a dinner beside Ford Frick and Leo Durocher. But, of course, none of Weber's new friends could compete in the fame game with the sport's greatest legend, the Bambino himself. Weber's 1973 obituary notes "Baseball standout Babe Ruth often spent many an hour in the back of Weber's market spinning tales to a captivated audience. The twosome often bowled together, and Ruth was a frequent visitor at the cattle farm which Mr. Weber owned during World War II."
It's certainly clear simply from this collection of correspondence that there was a special bond between the butcher and the Babe. Wherever Ruth traveled in his later years, whether Mexico City, Acapulco, Miami Beach or Chicago, he took the time to drop a postcard in the mail to his good friend Charley, and Charley held onto them with great affection and pride. The postcards also speak volumes about the Babe and his legendary sense of humor, which is illustrated in the variety of comical cards he picked to mail to his friend.
We are pleased to offer this very personal look into the life and mind of baseball's greatest superstar. Each piece offers its own unique insight, and we invite each of you to choose your favorites, and to bid to win. A photocopy of the Frick and Durocher baseball dinner newspaper clipping, and of Weber's obituary, will be included with each lot.
Text: "Hello Chas., Will try these in a couple of days, weather is beautiful here, Regards to all the gang, Babe." Note is handwritten by Ruth, as is "Charles Weber, Weber's Market, Bronxville NY Box 75" mailing address. Postmark is Miami Beach, FL, April 10, 1947.
Media: Postcard with photographic image of fishermen landing a sailfish, with printed text "D.C. 248, Fishing in the Gulf Stream, Miami Beach, Fla."
Condition: Note is in bold black fountain pen, rating 10/10. Card shows moderate edge wear that does not detract. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/ PSA DNA.
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