1929 Babe Ruth PSA Type 1 Encapsulated Associated Press Photo - Measures Approx. 6" x 8"
In 1929, the Athletics would end the Yankees three-year reign as American League Champions, besting their New York rivals by a whopping 18 games. However, this "Big Apple" derailment was no fault of the "Sultan of Swat", with Ruth blasting an A.L. leading 46 round-trippers, knocking in 154 runs, posting a sensational .345 batting average and also leading the Junior Circuit with a staggering 1.128 OPS! Indeed, the "Babe" closed out the 1920s decade in striking fashion, and this magnificent 6" x 8" PSA Type 1 photo is the perfect testament for that extremely imposing campaign.
Ruth is captured in a super eye pleasing stoic pose donning his gray road flannels, one knee on the dugout's top step, unable to grab one of the colossal pieces of lumber in front of him and step to the plate due to a nagging leg injury. The noticeable wear along the two top borders including a right corner chip do not impede the fantastic aesthetics of the classic central image, highlighted by superb contrast and the fortunate void of any glaring surface flaws. Interestingly enough, the significant back caption tells the story of Ruth's July 19th injury versus Cleveland, reading as follows: "INJURY PUTS THE BABE ON THE BENCH - Babe Ruth, the Yankees' big bludgeon man, pulled up with a strained muscle in his left leg in the game with the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland, July 19th, and Miller Huggins, boss of the world's champions, said he would have to warm the bench indefinitely.
Huggins, however, ridiculed fears that the home run king would be lost to baseball. A sad looking Ruth is following the rest of the game from the Yankee pit. 7/21/29". The critical Associated Press credit stamp is the final superlative for this sensational pre-1930s masterpiece that captures the "Sultan of Swat" during a candid moment of sheer contemplation and frustration, stemming from an injury that prevents him from doing what he does best!
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