One-of-a-kind snapshots capture a holiday in the Rockies1940 Babe Ruth Signed Photographs Lot of 12.
"List this one along with catching a ball dropped off the Washington Monument and tossing one across the Potomac River," read the news report from a July 7, 1940 newspaper. "Babe Ruth, on his third try, knocked a baseball over the top of the uppermost of Colorado Springs' famed Seven Falls.
Melvin Weimer, falls manager, reports that it is 266 feet from the base of the bottom cascade to the point where the stream makes its first fall of seven...Ruth will leave Monday for Salt Lake City after five days at the Broadmoor Hotel. He has given batting demonstrations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo during his stay here."
The tales of Ruth's feats of slugging power are the stuff of legend, but this is one of our favorites, as it serves as a clear illustration of not only that thunderous swing that made him a global celebrity, but also the unfailing generosity of spirit with which he navigated that fame. Settling into a life of relative leisure after having last worn a Major League uniform as a coach for the 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers, the iconic slugger continued to view his celebrity both a blessing and a responsibility, and if there were children looking to be entertained and inspired, it was nothing less than his duty to oblige.
A dozen original, one-of-a-kind snapshots are presented here, documenting Ruth's Rocky Mountain getaway to the historic Broadmoor Hotel, a palatial resort complex in Colorado Springs that survives to this day. The images are exactly what one might expect of the Babe--seated at a picnic table behind a row of empty beer bottles, grinning from atop a white burro, draping his arm around a star-struck youngster. He wore a cowboy hat and kerchief in most shots, a city boy playing a charming game of dress-up.
The snapshots appear in two formats, either 3.5" square or 3.25x5.5", each stamped on reverse by the Colorado Springs camera shop that developed them, dated "Jul 6 1940." All signatures, reading have been graded by PSA/DNA, as follows:
· NM-MT 8: Two photos, each signed on front, the only two autographed on the image side. Both are the larger format.
· Mint 9: Nine photos, all but one the smaller format.
· Gem Mint 10: One photo, larger format.
Remarkably, this special archive was nearly lost to history, recently rescued from decades of abandonment as workers set about the demolition of a building not far from Ruth's feat of strength at Seven Falls. Yet the passage of three quarters of a century have left no mark upon the collection, with each photograph free of any condition flaw worthy of note. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA for each.
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