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    A stunning original "Type I" image of Ruth's final farewell

    1948 "The Babe Bows Out" Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photograph, Signed by Nat Fein. He called himself "just a human-interest photographer," snapping thousands of photos of life in the Big Apple during three decades as an employee of The New York Herald Tribune--marching union workers, sleeping circus elephants, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia leading the Sanitation Department orchestra. But Nat Fein's prolific career would ultimately come to be defined by a single image, a haunting study of fame and mortality entitled "The Babe Bows Out." Today this shot of Ruth's final appearance in Yankee pinstripes ranks among the most famous sports photos in history.

    Leaning upon a bat transformed from the tool of his immortality into a cane to support his failing body, the Babe humbly accepts the honor of his jersey retirement this day, June 13, 1948. The vastness of Yankee Stadium extends toward the horizon, the grandstands packed with fans anxious for one final look at their dying hero. Near the right side of the image, two photographers prepare their cameras for another shot, but only Fein claimed this unique rear vantage point, explaining that he had considered the number "3" to be the story of the day.

    While this image has been reprinted countless times in the six and a half decades since its birth, first generation prints remain the most elusive of prey for the advanced baseball photography collector. This particular example bears the twin hallmarks of top representations, the proper "Photo by Nat Fein, Staff Photographer, New York Herald Tribune," stamping on verso and (an admittedly light) autograph from the photographer on lower right front, personalized to a friend.

    Condition is the final feather in the cap here, as the original, vintage first-generation print is as clean as they come, without so much as a corner bend to note. Fein's mastery of the dark room is in full effect here, with image registration sharp enough to cut diamonds. The definitive example of the greatest artwork ever produced on a Major League diamond. Photo is 8x10". LOA from PSA/DNA, Type I. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).





    1948 "The Babe Bows Out" Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photograph, Signed by Nat Fein.


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