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Babe Ruth is sold...
Item # 571333
September 6, 1914
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE, Nebraska, September 6, 1914
* Babe Ruth sold to Boston Red Sox
* Historic MLB report on the beginnings of Bambino
Without question the most noted & heralded baseball player of all time was Babe Ruth, who even today--more than 60 years after his death--remains a fixture in baseball history. His early professional career is somewhat convoluted, as noted by the following from baseball-reference.com: "...He played everywhere on the field, but drew attention as a left-handed pitcher and started playing with local semi-pro teams in the summer of 1913. That is where Jack Dunn, owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles spotted him and offered him a contract with the team for the following season.
Ruth made his first Major League appearance on July 11, 1914, less than five months after leaving St. Mary's. On August 18 was sent down to the minor league Providence Grays who were in a fight for the International League pennant.
In 46 minor league games, Ruth only hit a single home run. It came on September 5, 1914, while Ruth was in the middle of pitching a one-hitter for Providence on the road in Toronto.
He returned to Boston for the final weeks of the 1914 season."
This newspaper reports the sale of Babe Ruth to Boston referenced above. Although an inconspicuous report at the bottom of the sports page his name even appears in the small heading: "Recall Ruth and Cooper". The text notes: "Pitchers Ruth and Cooper, lately sold to Providence, have been re-purchased by President Lannin of Boston, and this may mean that other twirlers on the Boston roster are to be disposed of..." with a bit more (see photos).
Curiously, the front page of the sports section has a nice photo of Francis Ouimet, winner of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, a year after his historic win at the U.S. Open at the age of 20, and the focus of the recent movie "The Greatest Game Ever Played".
This is the complete 34 page newspaper in very nice, clean condition. Rare to find in a newspaper of the day an account of the sale of Babe Ruth from a minor league team to the Boston Red Sox. The complete Sunday issue, some minor edge tears, usual browning, good condition. Should be handled with care.
Category: The 20th Century