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    1915 Boston Red Sox with Rookie Babe Ruth Original News Photograph, PSA/DNA Type 1.
    He was just twenty years old at the time this image was snapped, and 710 home runs away from the career total that would stand for nearly four decades after his retirement. Though Babe Ruth's remarkable slugging skills were a novelty, to be sure, it was the eighteen-and-eight pitching record recorded during this official rookie season of 1915 that made the youngster a fan favorite at Fenway. Spectacular pitching, in fact, was the pathway to the pennant for this Red Sox team, with all five starters recording a winning percentage of .682 or better, and an earned run average of 2.44 or lower.

    In the Babe's greatest baseball foil, and Ty Cobb's talented Tigers team, the Red Sox found their strongest contender for the American League flag, but Boston earned a Fall Classic appearance by a two and a half game margin over the 100-victory Detroit squad. It was Ruth himself who earned the team's 101st win in the bottom half of an October 6th doubleheader to clinch the pennant. The World Series would launch two days later at the Baker Bowl, home park of the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

    The remarkable team image on offer derives from the same photo session that spawned the highly-collectible real photo postcard that has sold for nearly $100,000 in past Heritage auctions. Here we get the benefit of larger dimensions (6.25x9"), and the original paper caption on verso identifying each subject. Condition is remarkably fine, with none of the creasing or tearing common in century-old photography. A real showcase piece. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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