The Inaugural
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Offered is a Babe Ruth signed photo, personalized to sports writer Jimmy Isaminger, accompanied by a TLS signed by Babe Ruth's agent Christy Walsh, wishing the current BBWAA President well after he suffered a debilitating stroke. Jimmy Isaminger is best remembered in baseball history as one of the major figures (along with Hugh Fullerton and Ring Lardner) in breaking the story of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal, eventually becoming President of the BBWAA in 1934. However, in 1940 Isaminger suffered a stroke and retired from covering the game he loved so much. In this letter, dated September 28, 1940, Walsh states, "I sincerely hope by this time that you are out of the woods," and relays how everyone asks Christy how Jimmy is doing. Also, after describing in the letter "this is Babe Ruth All Star week," and coinciding with the World's Fair of 1940 in New York (of which Walsh was the Director of Sports) Walsh says, "I borrowed one of Babe's old Red Sox pictures from his personal album and it caused so much comment that I had prints run off and personally autographed by Babe for each member of the All Star Committee. So with this letter I am sending the first autographed photo to Jimmy." An official LOA from Christy Walsh, most famous for being the first agent in sports history, representing Babe Ruth (and eventually Lou Gehrig) for over three decades.

1940 year was only a year after the first Hall of Fame baseball induction ceremonies, and it was very likely Ruth, Walsh and Isaminger were all in Cooperstown, NY on that special occasion, and that Walsh and Isaminger were very close. To support this assertion, Walsh ends his letter with "Your Loyal and Appreciative Friend." The offered photo is a famous image of Ruth in his Red Sox uniform warming up before a game, and this actual photo was one of the examples printed out by Walsh for this Ruth signed promotion. According to the letter, any fan who correctly predicted the exact batting order for the Babe Ruth All-Star team would receive a signed photo.

With light peripheral wrinkling in the four corners plus some edge wear along the sides, the photo presents in minimally VG-EX to Excellent overall condition, with only a tiny wrinkle intersecting the word "To" in the inscription. The actual Babe Ruth signature is unaffected by any condition issues. The reverse is stamped with "Photo from ACADEMY OF SPORT WORLDS FAIR, New York Christy Walsh, Director of Sports." The Walsh letter contains a single fold, with an edge paper tear at the fold along the right side. In addition, there are several areas of wear along the left side, leading to some small holes away from the wording, and a small hole in the upper right corner. The Ruth signature rates an ("8") in strength with some lightness in the "R" of the last name. This Babe Ruth photo with the Christy Walsh stamp on the reverse, was one of a handful of examples produced for a 1940 World's Fair promotion, with few, if any, signed examples surfacing in our hobby today. Four LOAs are included for all signatures.

Includes: 1) Full LOA from Christy Walsh, dated September 28, 1940. 2) Full LOA for Babe Ruth signature from James Spence Authentication. 3) Full LOA for Babe Ruth signature from PSA/DNA, dated October 9, 2012. 4) An updated LOA for Babe Ruth signature from PSA/DNA, dated December 17, 2019. 5) Full LOA from PSA/DNA for Christy Walsh signature, dated December 17, 2019.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $5,760.00
Number Bids: 19
Auction closed on Monday, August 3, 2020.
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