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    1934 Babe Ruth & Lefty Gomez Dual-Signed Baseball with Letter from Tour of Japan Translator. It was a baseball story that had it all--an exotic locale, a superstar cast, and even a dose of international espionage. It's little wonder that the 1934 Tour of Japan continues to fascinate a full eight decades after Ruth, Gehrig and the boys were welcomed by a half million fans lined ten to twenty deep on the streets of Tokyo in a blizzard of confetti. Though the Babe had never set foot on Asian shores prior to the Tour, magazines such as Yakyukai and Asahi Sports had long trumpeted his exploits in America, and he drew the loudest ovations as he rode in an open limousine with his Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig in the parade motorcade. For a month, the American Tourists enjoyed the hospitality and adulation of the people of Japan, playing eighteen exhibition games in a dozen cities, winning every one of them.

    This Japanese-manufactured sphere bears the signatures of two of the southpaw Hall of Famers to cross the Pacific, with Babe Ruth's black ink signature rating 8/10 on the sweet spot and Lefty Gomez equally strong in blue just below. The ball is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sotaro Suzuki, famed Japanese sportswriter who served as the American team's translator throughout the Tour. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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