While the “curse” cast by the ill-advised sale of Babe Ruth lingered for 86 seasons, its effects were profound throughout. As Ruth’s fabled 1927 season neared a crescendo, this program was issued at Fenway Park. Scored in pencil during a 14-2 Yankees drubbing in Game 1 of a September 6 doubleheader, the scorecard documents two Ruth home runs and an additional blow by Gehrig. A hint of a vertical compacting fold remains and the back cover is missing from this relic hailing from the most significant single-season home run exhibition in history, More on our website.
Having reached the 400 home run plateau just four days prior, Ruth adjusted his sights to the single-season standard. The record, of course, was his own (59, 1921). With the pair of clouts cited in this program, Ruth’s season total escalated to 46 (Lou Gehrig, incidentally, also homered to reach 45). As for the opponents’ fortunes, the Yankees upped their mark to 93-39 with the win, while last-place Boston fell to 41-88 and 49 games off the pace.