Circa 1918 Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox Original Charles Conlon Photograph PSA/DNA Authenticated Type 1
By the Spring of 1917, the young brash star was already baseball's best southpaw hurler, on baseball's best team. But the Babe had other ideas brewing in his noggin. Babe Ruth wanted to hit not pitch! Boston GM Ed Barrow would hear nothing of it. Barrow and Ruth would bicker from time to time, and Barrow would try and convince the stubborn lad, that his value to the team would be far greater with him on the mound and not in the outfield. Hard to argue with Barrow as the Sox were crowned World Champs in both 1915 & 1916.
As the 1918 season rolled around, Ruth had worn down Barrow enough so that he started only 19 games on the mound, just half of the 38 he started in the previous year. Due to WW I the 1918 Season was shortened to 130 games and Babe would go on to start in 75 games as a position player, but that was still enough for the Bambino to lead the league with 11 home runs! This spectacular 1918 photograph is without question, THE definitive image of the young and powerful 'pitcher' at the plate from his early years.
Measuring approximately 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 this offered Conlon Masterpiece features the strapping young star showing off his impressive swing. One that would eventually revolutionized the National Pastime as he single-handedly ushered in the "Live Ball" era. You'll find this photo on page 52 of Neil & Constance McCabe's superb book entitled: "Baseball's Golden Age" The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon. The McCabe's described the genesis of the "Sultan of Swat" perfectly by stating "Conlon was there to document the beginning of the Babe's batting ascendancy". This Photograph is a RARE vintage original that has been authenticated by PSA/DNA Photo Authentication Services as a TYPE I specimen. ?
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