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Babe Ruth-autographed ball

George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948)
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"Baseball Crowd-Crack of bat and cheers"
From "Documentary Sounds, Volume One"
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Baseball Autographed by Babe Ruth
1929

"The greatest crowd pleaser of them all"
George Herman "Babe" Ruth has been judged by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. His athletic excellence, high earnings, and flamboyant lifestyle appealed to the imaginations of the Americans who flocked to see him. Babe loved his fans and would autograph baseballs and other mementos for them. Early in his career, he was the best left-handed pitcher of his era. Babe later turned his focus to hitting. Altogether he hit 714 home runs--a record that stood until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.

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"Crowd pleaser" Quote from teammate Waite Hoyt
George Herman Ruth, born February 6, 1895, Baltimore, MD; died August 16, 1948, New York, NY
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