1927 Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" & Lou Gehrig "Larrupin Lou's" Type 1 Photo From Their Sioux City, Iowa Barnstorming Tour – Photo Measures Approx. 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" - Full PSA Type I LOA
he dynamic duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig led the 1927 Yankees to an uncontested World Championship in 1927, with this Yankee squad considered by many historians to be the most dominating team in baseball history. With Gehrig capturing the American League MVP and the "Sultan of Swat" bashing a then record 60 home runs, these two baseball giants were the "talk of the Nation". Virtually every American was now captivated by these incredible sluggers, which prompted Ruth and Gehrig's renowned agent Christy Walsh to organize a Continental U.S. tour directly after the 1927 World Series. Dubbed the "Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lou's Barnstorming tour, Ruth and Gehrig would play in towns/cities without Major League ball clubs in order to provide deprived fans a grand opportunity to see these legendary giants.
Starting in New York and sweeping across America to the California coast, Ruth and Gehrig would be the sole Major League players, with each respective town providing local players to round out the teams. Both young and old admirers of these baseball icons were afforded their "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see the two Yankee stars perform live, and the tour was such a huge success that it was repeated in the fall of 1928 and 1931. One of those enamored fans was 13-year old Harold "Hy" Albeck from Sioux City, Iowa, who on October 18, 1927 missed a day of school to go to Stockyards Ballpark to see his hallowed heroes play against a local Sioux City squad.
Utilizing a period style "box camera", he took a sensational snapshot photo of Ruth and Gehrig that is presented here some 92-years from that renowned event. Measuring approximately 2-3/4" x 4-1/2", the black & white image depicts these two baseball immortals in their classic Barnstorming "Bustin Babe's" and "Larrupin Lou's" uniforms. The seemingly timeless image reveals crystal clear clarity and near-perfect contrast, with only a few diminutive wrinkles barely visible to the naked eye. Further escalating their desirability is the verso reflecting a detailed account of the image including the date, field, city, ballpark and photographer Harold "Hy" Albeck.
Included with this museum worthy image is the exact newspaper image and account of how Hy Albeck attended that historic October 18, 1927 game, with these newspaper articles published at the time Hank Aaron was challenging Ruth's all-time 714 homer mark. Interestingly enough, the article mentions that after taking solo shots of Ruth and Gehrig (both of these photos included in a separate lot in this auction – on the same catalog page), Albeck asked Lou if he could take a picture of Ruth and him together. In typical gracious Gehrig fashion, Lou fetched the "Bambino" from the dugout with Ruth responding "anything he wants", and the two posed for this amazing photo that similar to "The Babe's" and "Iron Horse's" legacy, has withstood the test of time! - PSA Type 1 LOA
MIN BID $500