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Scarce July 30, 1928 "Babe Ruth Day - Press Carrier" Silk Ribbon

Lot Number 1042

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Barnstorming games, promo appearances, hospital visits, charity events—Babe Ruth made the papers constantly and his related memorabilia abounds. But this is the first artifact we've come across from a gathering with young paperboys at Cleveland's Dunn Field in the summer of 1928.


As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal, "Beacon Journal carrier boys who were winners in their districts in the recent subscription contest are seen in the above group when they attended the game between the Indians and the Yankees Monday afternoon at Dunn Field, Cleveland, and personally met 'Babe' Ruth, the swat king...The 'Babe' knocked his 41st home run of the season for the boys in the sixth inning after the Indians had come up with a 4 to 0 lead and it looked as though the Beacon Journal boys might have to go home without seeing him in his famous role of the 'home run king.' This put the 'Babe' 28 days, 25 games and 7 home runs ahead of his 1927 pace. He has now passed the two-thirds mark in his effort to set a new record of 61 home runs."


To our knowledge, no other silk ribbon from the day has survived these past almost 100 years. Measuring 2-5/8" x 5-1/2", the ribbon boasts dark printing and a mostly presentable surface aside from some stains, separations and edge frays. If you're in the market for a one-of-a-kind Ruth relic with a great back-story, you could hardly do better.

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