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    1929 Babe Ruth Original News Photograph, First Time Wearing Number 3, PSA/DNA Type 1. It seems hard to believe now that for the first several decades of baseball, there were no uniform numbers. Today, we associate the pinstriped "2" to Derek Jeter, or "5" to Albert Pujols and proudly wear replica jerseys with the numbers and names on the back. While there were occasional experiments with numbers early in the 1900's, it wasn't until 1929 that the numbers were officially added to all uniforms.

    In this image from Opening Day of 1929, Babe Ruth is shown modeling the number he was assigned based on batting order - "3" - which would forever be immortalized in Yankee lore. Along with Lou Gehrig's number "4," these have stood the test of time as the most popular and well-known uniform numbers in baseball history. The 6.5x8.5" news photograph is not only evidence of the rule change, but serves as an important historical marker and what may be a unique photograph on the market. The verso, marked "Underwood & Underwood," features an original slug that refers specifically to the new uniform numbers and ascribes the image to just prior to Ruth's first at bat of the season (in which he hit a home run). Very minor creasing and cracking, and in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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