Just when we think we've seen it all in this hobby, a new hidden gem rises to the surface. After more than 100 years of the Bambino being a larger-than-life legend, and after a half-century of memorabilia collectors leaving no stone unturned in their quest for buried baseball treasure, how could there still be Ruthian rarities left to find?! Yet, here we proudly present one such thrilling discovery—a 1922 advertising broadside from the Boston American newspaper.
Under any circumstances, this would be a landmark acquisition for Ruth collectors, but its historical importance is even greater because of the connection to Babe's barnstorming ban. Yes, back when Ruth, Bob Meusel and pitcher Bill Piercy were notoriously punished by Commissioner Landis for playing in unsanctioned exhibition games after the 1921 World Series, and thus missed the first six weeks of the 1922 campaign. That is the scandalous milieu in which this broadside was produced, with the teaser, "Who plays for Ruth and Meusel—while the 'ban' is on?"
Extra, extra, read all about it in the Boston American, along with the King of Swat's "stories of Southern Training Camps." For if there were any city that followed his every waking moment as closely as New York, it was of course Babe's former home of Boston. Condition of the cardboard-stock, 11x14 relic is technically FR due to heavy peripheral wear that does little to impact Ruth's arresting image or the text itself. Professional conservation would do wonders and restore much of this display piece's original glory.