Lot # 14: Original Babe Ruth Postal Telegraph 5-1/2" x 8" Postal Telegram to the Chicago Tribune Informing Them of Babe Ruth Passing Away

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM




(LOT 14)
Original Babe Ruth Postal Telegraph 5-1/2" x 8" Postal Telegram to the Chicago Tribune Informing Them of Babe Ruth Passing Away

After an alarming visit to the hospital to visit Babe Ruth following throat surgery in early 1947, baseball commissioner A.B. Chandler proclaimed Sunday, April 27th, 1947 as Babe Ruth Day at Yankees Stadium and at every Major League park hosting a game on that day. The minor leagues followed suit as did parks in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan to honor the stricken hero. Only one year later, on June 13, 1948, Ruth would make his final appearance at Yankees Stadium, notably captured in the Pulitzer Prize winning Nat Fein photograph dubbed "Babe Bows Out." Ruth would pass away only two months later.

The offered is a brief Postal Telegraph message to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune stating "Baseball King George Herman Ruth passed away today after a lengthy illness. More details as available." His sad passing was felt throughout baseball and the world as thousands upon thousands paraded through Yankees Stadium to catch a glimpse of the fallen hero as he lay in state for fans to pay respects. This 5-1/2" x 8" telegram dated August 16, 1948 from Chicago Illinois, is in tremendous condition with only the slightest bit of water staining across the top. Marked URGENT, this sad note informing the world that the great Bambino has died is in pristine condition and historic as the whole world mourned the loss of the greatest player in baseball history and one of the great men of his generation. Ruth was only 53 when he died.

MIN BID $300
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