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    1921 Babe Ruth Home Run Baseball #52--Career #155. The transaction that clad Babe Ruth in Yankee pinstripes had been the richest in the history of American sport, a bold attempt to bring relevance to a franchise that had finished more than ten games behind every pennant-winner of the previous decade. In the young slugger's first Big Apple campaign in 1920, the gap was narrowed to just three, setting the stage for the first of forty American League Championship seasons for the mighty New York Yankees in the historic season of 1921.

    Presented is one of the most thrilling relics to derive from that paradigm-shifting Yankee vintage, the OAL (Johnson) baseball launched by the sport's greatest figure to record the fifty-second of his record-setting fifty-nine home run tally in 1921. This is the mark that the Babe would famously surpass with his five dozen in 1927.

    Satisfyingly, the home run came during a Polo Grounds visit by the Boston Red Sox, a team laboring through the third of what would prove to be an eighty-six year World Championship drought later named for the bartered superstar. The victim was fellow future Hall of Famer Herb Pennock, who would soon join Ruth to participate in the Yanks' glorious 1923 trip to the sport's mountain top. The two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning opened the scoring in what would prove to be a seven-to-two Yankee victory.

    The deeply-toned sphere asserts its elite significance in ancient black fountain pen text: "Polo Grounds, Sept. 7, 1921, 52nd Home Run, Babe Ruth, N.Y. vs. Red Sox." The ball's stamping has faded significantly over the passage of nearly a full century, and oxidation from the metal mount in which it was displayed for decades intersects the stamped text on the obverse "sweet spot," but the visible markings are correct for American League models produced between 1918 and 1924. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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