NOTE: We have added the history of this ticket to the item's description
Incredible as they were, numbers weren’t the only way to define Babe Ruth. As his annually escalating home run totals usually exceeded those of entire opposing rosters, endless praise from contemporaries sheds light on a player and personality that had no equal. Said teammate Waite Hoyt: “God, we liked that big son of a bitch. He was a constant source of joy.”
Approaching a century since the dawn of his playing days, mere mortals (who never had the privilege of seeing Ruth) cling to his legacy and seek a piece of his mystique, knowing full well that there will never be another. In one fell swoop, the offered heirloom runs the collectibles gamut and trumps perhaps all other Bambino artifacts: a July 13, 1934 Navin Stadium ticket stub. Not only does the voucher hail from the contest in which Ruth delivered career home run No. 700, but it is decorated on the reverse with the unmistakable autograph of the most iconic figure in the history of American sports and culture. Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by SGC, the “Upper Deck” rain check features printed seating/event details and a stamped date on the obverse. On the blank back, Ruth’s black-ink fountain pen endorsement flows to project (“8-9”) potency (full photo LOA from JSA).
While baseball enthusiasts are inundated with milestone statistics to this day, those authored by Ruth transcend subsequent achievements, and always will. And Ruth, meanwhile, was certainly aware that he stood alone and it was likely with that sentiment that he signed this ticket. Several accounts readily convey that Ruth was cognizant of his numbers and their importance. A full 20 years after reaching the mythical 60-home run plateau, Ruth, sadly ravaged by cancer, came face to face with former Washington Senators pitcher (and 60th home run victim) Tom Zachary at a 1947 Yankee Stadium reunion. Ruth, recalling Zachary’s cries of “Foul Ball! Foul Ball!" to the umpire, asked, “You crooked arm son of a bitch, are you still claiming that ball was foul?”
As for the offered ticket from career circuit clout No. 700, the Yankees prevailed, 4-2 that afternoon and took over sole possession of first place. In a career defined by fence clearing exploits, American League pennants and World Series titles, this was the last day in Ruth’s career that his club was in sole possession of first place. This item has a reserve (estimated value $6000+)
There is a back story to this piece that also needs to be told. The ticket came from a gentleman in the Detroit, MI area who was gifted the ticket from a woman who attended the game with her father at Navin Field. Following that game, her and her father were at The Fisher Building in Detroit where Babe Ruth was doing a radio interview and the woman was sitting next to Ruth's wife. They got to talking and the woman asked if Ruth would sign the ticket stub from the game that she attended where he hit his 700th home run. He obliged the request. The woman held the ticket until 1992, where she gave it to our consignor, as a gift.
Both the ticket and the autograph were authenticated prior to it being encapsulated by JSA and SGC (independent of each other).