When Babe Ruth took the hill for game number two of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was an up and coming youngster that won 23 games and was starting to establish himself as one of the better pitchers in baseball. The Red Sox made the World Series during his first year with the club (1915) but he only had one pinch hit opportunity, never taking the mound, making 1916 his first shot at the fall classic as an everyday player. He would get the nod for the second game, appearing for the first time ever as a pitcher in a World Series as he sat the bench in the first game. He would start and go the distance in the game, going 14 innings in fact, giving up a double in the third inning that Sherry Smith tried to stretch into a triple. Seen here in the image is Everett Scott covering third base and pitcher Babe Ruth backing him up on the play. The profile of Ruth is clearly visible and cementing the identification is the open left hand (throwing hand) of Ruth. He went the distance in the game, getting his first win as a player in the World Series as well as his first appearance in a post season! The image bears the date and a detailed write up on the back from the American Press Association. As a companion piece, another image from the same game comes with this as a set that also appears to show Ruth in the background as well with Dodgers player and coach converging to talk after a walk (one of three in the game). This is one of the most important images of Ruth to come up for sale in years and the only example known from his first game in the World Series! Condition and quality are both outstanding!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 10/10