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Babe Ruth Autographed 1948 "The Babe Ruth Story" First Edition Hardcover Book - Full JSA

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As the once indomitable Babe Ruth was ravaged by cancer, renowned author Bob Considine endeavored, against time, to capture the essence of the legendary slugger and his mythical exploits. Working one-on-one with the stricken Hall of Famer, Considine gathered whatever nuggets he could for The Babe Ruth Story. This first-edition hardcover edition of the biographical work is signed by its beloved subject. Working with Considine through bouts with excruciating pain and periods of remission, Ruth offered accounts with sincerity and fond memory. After telling of a Havana, Cuba episode in which he lost $25,000 on a horse race that was supposedly fixed, Ruth recanted and asked Considine to omit the account as “It wouldn’t be good for the kids.” His patience wearing thin in his condition, Ruth would often lose his train of thought and say to Considine “Let’s get the hell out of here and go hit a few.” And in Ruth’s Lincoln Continental, the pair would go to the golf course. Finally published in 1948, the work was adapted to the silver screen. This prized example showcases one of the boldest and definitely one of the last Ruth autographs ever composed. On the title page in black ink, Ruth has inscribed “To Good old Russ – From Babe Ruth.” The flowing signature projects every bit of (“9”) potency, belying its author’s weakened condition. On July 21 of 1948, Ruth’s condition had worsened to the point of summoning a priest to administer last rights. But five days later, he had rallied and actually left the hospital to attend the screen premier of The Babe Ruth Story. Uncomfortable at the theatre, Ruth left the film early and returned to the hospital for the last time. This book showcases one of the very last autographs of a cultural and sports hero who has never been equaled in terms of accomplishments and adoration. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.

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