Exceedingly rare image of Ruth as a Red Sox pitcher

    Circa 1918 Babe Ruth Original News Photograph by Charles Conlon, PSA/DNA Type 1. Two of the greatest practitioners of their respective fields join forces here to create one of the most desirable baseball photographs to cross our desks in recent years. Working the shutter was the great Charles Conlon, a man whose peerless skill in the service of The Sporting News was instrumental in building a visual record of the Dead Ball Era game. His subject certainly needs no introduction.

    And it hardly needs to be stated that, while any period Ruth image carries enormous collecting appeal, the small percentage predating his 1920 reassignment to the New York Yankees are coveted above all others. Here we encounter just such an example, a slim southpaw looking every bit the part of his famous nickname. The faint pinstripes of his uniform assure a date no later than the World Championship season of 1918, as the club would go to solid prints for both home and roads in 1919.

    The 8x10" print is hampered most significantly by a divot in the left edge, though this thankfully remains clear of the central focus; otherwise, general edge and corner wear causes little distraction. Verso bears Conlon's personal stamping as a representative of the New York Evening Telegram, and scattered editorial text and markings with the identification, "G.H. Ruth, Red Sox pitcher." The first Conlon image of Ruth as a member of the Red Sox we've offered. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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