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    1946 Babe Ruth's Last Home Run Baseball, Signed. It's a little known fact that the Babe gave the final exhibition of his home run talents just two years before his death at age fifty-one while on vacation south of the Rio Grande. As the notarized letter from our consignor explains in "...May 1946 Babe Ruth was presenting a batting exhibition game in the former 'Parque Delta' in Mexico City. After a few attempts, Ruth hit a single home run. My father had the luck to catch Babe Ruth's home run hit and was fortunate enough to move amongst the crowd and have Babe Ruth sign his ball..." The consignor also supplied a photocopy of a June 2, 1946 New York TImes article that quotes Ruth as saying, "They gave me a wonderful time and I enjoyed every minute of it. I went fishing, I played golf, I took in a bull fight and in my farewell appearance in Mexico I poked a couple of home runs for them."

    The consignor further explained that the ball survived a Mexican river flood that robbed the ball of some of its beauty but none of its historical significance. We can find no evidence of any manufacturer's stamping on this important sphere, but the Babe's side panel signature continues to resonate at a strength of 5/10.

    Surely it must have felt good for the Babe, his health already fading, to watch one last baseball--this ball--drop over an outfield wall the way so many hundreds had in his glory years. The opportunity to own the piece that symbolizes the very end of the Babe Ruth home run era is not one to be taken lightly. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2007
    5th Saturday
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