1915 Red Sox Team Photograph With Rookie Babe Ruth PSA/DNA Type 1
Babe Ruth opened the 1915 season with the Boston Red Sox as part of a pitching rotation that included Smokey Joe Wood, Ernie Shore , Rube Foster and Dutch Leonard. As a 20 year old rookie, the young Babe held his own during the 1915 season, winning 18 games and helping the Red Sox into the World Series, where they beat the Phillies to win the World Championship. As impressive as his 18 win season was, his role in the 1915 "fall classic" was limited to a single pinch-hit assignment in the ninth inning of Game One (he grounded out). Few baseball images from the mid-teens are as visually arresting as those of Babe Ruth during his pitching days with the Boston Red Sox. There's just something about knowing of Ruth's imminent slugging greatness that feels like an inside tip, a cherished secret. His teammates, even Babe himself, had no idea of what was to be. Yet we do. The soon-to-be Sultan of Swat stands fourth from the right in the top row, with a Mona Lisa-like half-smile, or possibly non-smile, on his cherubic face. Fellow Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper are also featured. The 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" photo has a few creases and small pinholes in each of the four corners, none of which take away from the overall excellent condition of this photograph as almost all of the all-important image area is free and clear. An International Film Service stamping appears on the reverse, and the original paper caption remains on the back. This photograph has been authenticated by PSA/DNA as a TYPE 1, period 1st generation exemplar and had been encapsulated in PSA/DNA's tamper proof and archival safe photograph holder (photograph certification number I04937). These crystal clear holders are semi-rigid, yet light weight and thin enough to be easily matted and framed.
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