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    1926 World Series Game Four Used Baseball Signed by Babe Ruth & More. We've all heard the story before, and while there are many who argue that it's purely apocryphal, we count ourselves among the true believers. A young boy named Johnny Sylvester, eleven years of age, is lying in a hospital bed, dying of a terrible disease. The Babe, famously generous and indulgent of children, makes a bold promise to lift the boy's spirits. "I'm going to hit a home run for you in Wednesday's game, Johnny," Ruth tells him. "Make sure you're listening on the radio." And sure enough, the Babe is true to his word, clubbing not one, but three long balls in a ten to five victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the '26 Series. The third blast is the longest ever seen in St. Louis, escaping the confines of Sportsman's Park and crashing through the plate glass window of an auto dealership across the street. And young Johnny, feeling he is the beneficiary of a great and magical gift, is miraculously healed. In the film "The Pride of the Yankees," the adult Johnny returns decades later to thank Ruth for saving his life, and John Goodman's "The Babe" also makes use of this heartwarming tale.

    Presented here is an Official National League (Heydler) baseball that saw action that fabled day, signed by an assortment of the hometown Cardinals and on the sweet spot by the great Ruth himself. While many of the autographs have faded considerably over the passing years, the Ruth remains among the strongest, an entirely legible 5/10. Others that we can identify include Chick Hafey, Taylor Douthit, Bob O'Farrell, Al Sothoron, Bill Hallahan, Flint Rhem and Ernie Vick. The vintage fan's notation however, penned in dark black vintage ink, has weathered the decades flawlessly. It reads, "World Series, October 6th-'26, St. Louis." The ball exhibits definite game use but still displays exceedingly well, having mellowed with age to an even, attractive tone.

    Second only perhaps to Ruth's "Called Shot" in 1932, the tale of the Babe's home runs for the sick boy in the hospital is a critical milestone in the lore of the Bambino. This special ball, used during the watershed event and signed by the Babe on the day of one of his greatest performances, offers the serious collector a chance to bring an element of true enchantment into his trophy room. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/ PSA DNA.


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