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    1923 Babe Ruth & Mascot Yankee Stadium Opening Day Original News Photograph by Paul Thompson, PSA/DNA Type 1. In this famous Paul Thompson shot from the 1923 Yankee Stadium Opening Day festivities, Babe Ruth crouches in a short batting stance to get on the same level as Yankees mascot Ray Kelly. Ruth's friendship with Kelly began when he spotted the boy playing catch with his father in a park near's Ruth's home. Then age three, Kelly was invited to go to the Polo Grounds in 1921 as Ruth's mascot. The relationship continued for the next decade, including this April 18th, 1923 Opening Day when Ruth banged out three home runs for a victory over his former Red Sox team. At age 13, Kelly finally resigned his unofficial position to attend to more pressing school obligations. The 8x10" news photograph includes original slug and "Paul Thompson" stamping on the verso and is in Good condition with editorial crop marks and notations. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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