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You've gotta think that as many times as Babe Ruth "touched them all" in his career, he probably became a little jaded with it despite the fact that he had seasons where he hit more home runs than entire teams! Babe makes it look like just another day at the office on this original Paul Thompson type I photo from 1921, showing Ruth about to step on home plate and complete his home run trot. Thompson, one of the most esteemed photographers of his day, captures the herculean Ruth at a time when baseball historians had just witnessed Ruth post unprecedented numbers in 1920 (54 homers, 135 RBI, .376 batting average and 158 runs scored) in 1920 and concluded that such a feat could never happen again. Oh, but it can! His 1921 performance was ever better, and in each category (59 homers, 168 RBI, .378 batting average and 177 runs scored). It was then that the critics realized that babe Ruth could own every offensive record in baseball history by the time he hung up his cleats. Measuring 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" (matted to a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" visible area in a 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" frame), the photo shows no tears or wrinkles on the visible area and has newspaper notations on the unseen white perimeter, which is shown on the full LOA from PSA/DNA. An iconic snapshot of the Babe on his rise to immortality.
1921 Babe Ruth PSA/DNA Type I Original Photograph by Paul Thompson1921 Babe Ruth PSA/DNA Type I Original Photograph by Paul Thompson
1921 Babe Ruth PSA/DNA Type I Original Photograph by Paul Thompson
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