By 1918 Babe Ruth was starting to establish himself more as a slugger than a pitcher, but he was still one of the best left handers in the game. The Red Sox would cut his workload on the mound in half and he would only pitch in 20 games during 1918, but on this particular day (May 15, 1918) fans at Fenway Park were in for a treat. Not only was Ruth on the mound, he would face the other best hitter in baseball as the Red Sox welcomed Ty Cobb and the Tigers to town. This incredible four-photo set captures all aspects of Ruth's game, but also with a foreshadowing emphasis on his battle this day with Cobb. Each photo has handwritten notes from the young man who attended the game with some of his military buddies, taking a day off from work and attending a Red Sox game but still wearing their naval uniforms. The first beautiful photograph shows Babe Ruth batting at the pinnacle of his swing and reads, "Babe Ruth (Boston) Knocks a Two Bagger." The second image reads, "The Great Ty Cobb Sticking Out a Liner, Babe Ruth Pitching (over)" and then there is a long and detailed description about the game on the back. The image clearly shows Ruth frozen in time with his big body and left handed follow through, while Cobb is in full extension. While it may have been a liner, Cobb was out! The third and final image shows Cobb on base as he had reached either on an error or fielders choice (he went hitless against Ruth in the game) and reads, "Ty Cobb coming into third, it was some slide!" The fourth and final image is of two of the young mans buddies he attended the game with in Boston and the reverse has some additional context. While not dated, we have done as much extensive research as possible on the game and are pretty sure we have the date right considering that Ruth was pitching to Cobb and Ruth hit a double in the game and we were told by the person we got the images from that it was 1918. An incredible piece of baseball history as Ruth only pitched to Cobb a few times in his career. An incredible new discovery that is being offered here as a four-photo set for the first time ever!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 10/10