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The fabled story of Babe Ruth's home run promise...



Item # 646814

October 8, 1926

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 8, 1926 

* Johnny Sylvester gets better
* Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
* 3 World Series home runs promise
* Best title to be had? (rare as such)


The sports page reports on perhaps the most famous off-the-field story on the legendary Babe Ruth. The one column article is headed: "Boy Regains Health As Ruth Hits Homers" and "John D. Sylvester, Son of National City Bank Executive, Now on Road to Recovery".
As most baseball fans know this is the story of Johnny Sylvester, an 11 year-old who was deathly ill, & to whom Babe Ruth promised a home run in the World Series. Ruth came through with 3 home runs --and as the story goes--causing the boy to recuperate, saving his life.
This article takes 6 1/2 inches and includes in part: "...the boy's return to health began when he learned the news of Ruth's three homers in the fourth game of the series. His fever began to abate at once..." with more. This is the earliest report we have found concerning this famous event & terrific to have it in the N.Y. Times.
The following page has a nice photo of Lou Gehrig, with much reporting on the World Series game.
Complete in 48 pages, very nice, clean condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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