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    The Louisville Find of 1924 Babe Ruth Glass Plate Negatives: Twelve Unseen Images! A new page in the history of the sport's greatest figure falls into place here, emerging from nearly nine decades of slumber to thrill modern collectors and baseball historians alike. A three-day gap between a Yankees home meeting with the Philadelphia Athletics and a visit to the Chicago White Sox allowed for a brief excursion to Louisville, Kentucky on June 2, 1924, where an exhibition game was waged at Parkway Field against the Louisville Colonels of the American Association. Remarkably, the Yanks came up on the short end of a seven to six result, though the legend of Ruth only grew larger through the reporting of Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Bruce Dudley, whose article appeared in the following day's paper:

    "Babe socked the gosh-awfullest ball that ever has been croaked in the history of the game in Louisville. Though that seventh-inning blast went foul, Louisville NEVER can believe that any foul ever has gone higher or farther. For many moments it seemed that the ball would drop on the grain elevators across the road beyond the right field barrier. Then in the ninth inning everybody stood, seemingly in a farewell salute to a national hero, and Babe Ruth, the hero, merited that mark of homage by crashing the ball over the Louisville Provision Company's sign in right field."

    Just months ago, this only visual documentation from that contest known to exist was unearthed a few short miles from the battleground, and the dozen glass plate negatives endure in condition unchanged from that of the Babe's fourth season of pinstriped service. Fragility, light sensitivity and the eight decades that have passed since the advancement in photographic technology rendered glass plate negative obsolete have decimated the ranks of survivors. We can chalk up this collection's pristine condition to a lonely seclusion in the original packaging, which is included within the lot. Each negative measures 3.25x4.25", dry plate exemplars coated with a light-sensitive emulsion of silver salts produced by Eastman Kodak. Every negative is one-of-a-kind, and still fully capable of producing unlimited razor sharp photographic images of nearly unlimited size. Of the twelve images, only one (a shot of the teeming Louisville grandstand) fails to prominently picture the Sultan of Swat.

    Early baseball photography, and particularly that which relates to the iconic George Herman Ruth, has enjoyed surging popularity in the modern collectibles market, and the investment potential in singularly unique images such as these should be self-evident. We direct interested parties to our HA.com website, where reverse scans of all twelve images will provide unprecedented access to this treasure trove of previously unknown photographic masterpieces.

    *A donation of $100 to the American Red Cross is required to attend the Live auction.



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    February, 2013
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