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    1943 Babe Ruth & Ted Williams Signed Baseball from Famous Fenway Park Meeting.

    Excerpted from The Boston Globe:

    "It mattered little that once the mighty Bambino failed to turn back the years and keep pace with his youthful opponent, Boston's Ted Williams. The combination of Father Time and elongated Ted's terrific bat proved too much for the gallant and courageous Ruth, who tried in vain to please his hordes of predominantly youthful admirers in his efforts to connect with a Red Barrett pitch into "Ruthville."

    A five-hour program of thrilling events featuring the Service All-Stars' exciting, 9 to 8, victory over Casey Stengel's Braves, highlighted by Williams' prodigious clout into the unpopulated center field bleacher sector, kept the enthusiastic crowd in buoyant mood despite the terrific humidity."

    The July 12, 1943 event at Fenway Park had been scheduled as a benefit for under-privileged children, so there's no surprise that the Sultan of Swat made the journey back to his old home ballpark to join that charitable cause. The afternoon would supply what is arguably the most famous baseball photo to emerge from the war years, the only meeting of the two greatest sluggers of the first half of the twentieth century. We've sold several modern prints of that image, signed by Williams.

    But this is the first autographed relic we've encountered that derives directly from the superstar summit, an Official American League (Trautman) sphere bearing the signatures of each legend, and a couple more from other attendees. Ruth claims his standard sweet spot position in 7/10 black fountain pen ink, while Williams appears a shade or two lighter on the panel above. Williams' good buddy Dom DiMaggio and one other signature appear to the east of Ruth.

    The ball is shellacked and exhibits minor toning and handling wear. Included in the lot is an original snapshot taken by the ball's original owner that day at Fenway. The subjects are some distance from the camera, but appear to be Ruth and Williams. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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