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    Hall of Famers Ruth and Ruppert hammer out details of exhibition game pay

    1930 Babe Ruth Signed New York Yankees Contract Addendum. They butted heads innumerable times during their shared time establishing the New York Yankees as the sport's greatest superpower, but Ruth and Ruppert shared a special bond of admiration and respect that lasted until the Colonel's final days of life. It was reported that Ruppert called his famous star by his nickname only once, the night before he died, otherwise referring to him only as "Root," as his German accent transformed the word. In many ways, it has been reported, Ruppert acted as the father that the Babe's own had failed to be.

    As Ruppert's savvy acquisition of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox in 1920 is accepted as the most consequential in the history of the New York Yankees, any document carrying the signatures of both is assigned elite historical significance. Here we find just such a relic, a single typed page on legal-sized onion skin paper that details the responsibilities and compensation for Ruth regarding his participation in Yankees exhibition contests for 1930 and 1931.

    Ruppert acknowledges the special drawing power of the Hall of Fame slugger in his assignment of 25% of net receipts from ticket sales to Ruth, while making sure to exclude spring training and World Series contests from consideration.

    Each baseball legend signs at the close in 9/10 or better black fountain pen ink, with the Babe supplying his rare and highly coveted "George Herman Ruth" autograph format. Only the lightest wear and toning at the edges of the 8.5x13" page are noted in our condition report, leaving the document to present without any visual distractions of significance. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA (Ruth 9/10, Ruppert 8/10). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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