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    1925 Babe Ruth Signed Bat to Colonel Involved in Airplane Baseball Drop Stunt. Heritage veterans will recall our 2009 offering of The Gabby Street Collection, which contained a baseball he had caught in 1908 after having been dropped from the ludicrous height of the top of the Washington Monument in our nation's capital. Seventeen years later, the Sultan of Swat participated in a similarly perilous stunt, one that inflated the degree of difficulty with the added component of horizontal movement.

    The site of the event was the Mitchel Air Force Base on Long Island, about twenty-five miles due east of the House that Ruth Built in the Bronx. The top-ranking official at the airfield was a gentleman named Colonel Benjamin Delahauf Foulois, a man best remembered for his close work with the Wright brothers in building aircraft for military use. He recalled his experience with a different legend of twentieth century culture as follows:

    "I had a pilot, Captain Harold McClelland, go up with three baseballs and bomb the 'Babe' with them from 250 feet. The first two balls knocked him flat, but he held onto the third one and gave it to me as a souvenir."

    Apparently that was not the only souvenir granted to the famous airman that day, as this thirty-five inch (35") retail model bat is inscribed, "Col. B.D. Foulois, From 'Babe' Ruth." The black fountain pen ink averages a technical 8/10 against the dark wood background, far stronger than most autographed lumber we've encountered from this era. A unique relic from yet another fascinating chapter in the Babe Ruth story. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 3
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