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Babe Ruth NL debut....



Item # 597437

April 17, 1935

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, April 17, 1935

* Babe Ruth NL debut
* Boston Braves

This 48 page newspaper has a three column headline on page 29: "Giants Overcome by Braves" with subheads that include: "Ruth's Home Run Defeats Giants in Boston by 4-2" and more with box scores.

Report continues onto page 30 with photo of Ruth. This was Babe Ruth's National League debut as a Boston Brave. He would account for all of the Braves runs that day. Great to have in this famous NYC title.

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning with some right margin wear, otherwise good condition..

wikipedia notes: Boston Braves owner Emil Fuchs finally agreed to take Ruth. Even though the Braves had fielded fairly competitive teams in the last three seasons, Fuchs was sinking in debt and couldn't afford the rent on Braves Field. Fuchs thought Ruth was just what the Braves needed, both on and off the field.

After a series of phone calls, letters and meetings, the Yankees traded Ruth to the Braves on February 26, 1935. It was announced that in addition to remaining as a player, Ruth would become team vice president and would be consulted on all club transactions. He was also made assistant manager to Braves skipper Bill McKechnie. In a long letter to Ruth a few days before the press conference, Fuchs promised Ruth a share in the Braves' profits, with the possibility of becoming co-owner of the team. Fuchs also raised the possibility of Ruth becoming the Braves' manager, perhaps as early as 1936.
Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform in 1935, his last year as a player. Due to years of neglect, Ruth's health had declined considerably, significantly affecting his play.

Amid much media hoopla, Ruth played his first home game in Boston in over 16 years. Before an opening-day crowd of over 25,000, Ruth accounted for all of the Braves' runs in a 4–2 defeat of the New York Giants. The Braves had long played second fiddle to the Red Sox in Boston, but Ruth's arrival spiked interest in the Braves to levels not seen since their stunning win in the 1914 World Series.

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