Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball

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subject
Sports
Baseball
Professional
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
signer
Ruth, Babe
maker
Spalding
Credit Line
Gift of Juliana C. Jones and Robert M. Jones in memory of Thomas J. Jones
Physical Description
cork, cushioned (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
yarn (overall material)
horsehide (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
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Description
The New York Yankees' legendary "Sultan of Swat" signed this baseball for a fan during a visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A neglected and delinquent child, George Herman Ruth, Jr. (1895-1948), best known as Babe Ruth, discovered his love for baseball while living at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore. He began his major-league career as a star pitcher, but was reassigned to the outfield due to his powerful swing. With his record-setting home runs—60 in one season, 714 career total—and larger-than-life personality, Ruth thrilled fans and redefined the character of America's national pastime.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
baseball
autographed baseball
ID Number
1993.0460.01
catalog number
1993.0460.01
accession number
1993.0460
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures