BABE "THE SULTAN OF SWAT" RUTH - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 274364
BABE RUTH The Bambino inscribes a photo to a beloved radio announcer. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To My Pal/Fred Hoey/Babe Ruth". B/w, 6x8. Ink note on verso: "Alan Hoey ... Melrose Mass.". Three full-width folds, mended on verso with clear tape.
Sale Price $6,800.00
BABE RUTH The Bambino inscribes a photo to a beloved radio announcer. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To My Pal/Fred Hoey/Babe Ruth". B/w, 6x8. Ink note on verso: "Alan Hoey ... Melrose Mass.". Three full-width folds, mended on verso with clear tape. Other light creases, which do not affect Ruth's fine signature. Accompanied by unsigned photo of Fred Hoey (b/w, 8x10.) Lightly creased. One-fourth-inch tear at top center. Printed caption affixed on verso. Overall, fine condition. GEORGE HERMAN "BABE" RUTH (1895-1948) debuted as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, winning 89 games in six years while setting the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings. In the 1918 World Series, the "Bambino" won two games and Boston took the championship by four games to two. After the 1919 season, Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees. "The Sultan of Swat", converted to the outfield fulltime, led New York to seven American League pennants and four World Series titles. The Hall of Famer's record of 714 lifetime home runs stood for 39 years and his single season record of 60 for 34 years. FRED HOEY was the radio announcer of the Boston Red Sox (1927-1938) and Boston Braves (1925-1938). A Fred Hoey Day was held in his honor at Braves Field in 1931. Hoey reported many of the Babe's feats for the rival Yankees, and also covered his return to Boston for a final season with the Braves (1935). The printed text attached on verso of Hoey's photo describes him as "Yankee network baseball announcer," but he was not an announcer for the New York Yankees. The Yankee Network was a Boston-based network of radio stations; Hoey broadcast Braves and Red Sox games from WNAC, its anchor station in Boston. Hoey's death is sometimes given as 1932, out of confusion with another Fred Hoey, interim manager of the New York Giants in 1899. At that date, the pictured Fred Hoey was still going strong as an announcer. Two items. Accompanied by LOA from JSA.
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