Remember the story about the kid who played hooky, only to wind up with a precious heirloom, a baseball autographed by the legendary Babe Ruth? Today’s remarkable listings feature another couple of autographed baseballs, each with their own unique story.
First up is this unique listing titled BABE RUTH PESENTS AS SINGLE SIGNED BALL PSA/DNA BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED NY YANKEES:
Here is the seller’s unique story:
“I (Garrett McCain) am the fourth generation that has owned the baseball. My paternal great grandfather “Grampy” Kenneth McCain was the original owner, and he passed it down to his son (my paternal grandfather, Robert McCain), who then passed it down to my father (Michael McCain), and the ball has since been handed down to me directly from my dad. My great grandfather (Kenneth McCain) grew up in New York and spent his entire life there. He was born, lived his entire life, and passed away in the upstate area of Malone (and it’s surrounding areas). He grew in the early twenties and naturally was a huge New York Yankees fan, which of course meant he was an enormous fan of “The Babe” (as he used to call Babe Ruth). He recalled getting the ball autographed by the Babe himself at a New York Yankees game, and he said it was one of the most magical moments of his young life. Ruth was, of course, larger than life, so the mysticism and magic that permeated him comes as no surprise. My great grandpa used to make the trip from upstate New York to visit us in California every few years, until he was too weak and old to be able to do so. But even at the ripe old age of 90-something, his eyes would still light up brightly when we talked about baseball and the Babe (again, this is all he ever referred to Ruth as–which I came to learn as I matured was a sign of just how majestic my Grampy thought he was). Even as we witnessed the great home run chase of 1996, and rumors of steroids swirled around McGwire and Sosa, Grampy recalled a simpler time when Ruth did it fueled by “hot dogs, beer, and women.” He loved the Babe even more as time had passed. Grampy told me that when he got the ball signed at the historic Yankee Stadium, that Babe was surrounded by dozens and dozens of little kids and adolescents, and that the Babe took time to greet and sign for every single one of them. Not one person got left behind. Grampy recounted handing the ball over to Babe, who then asked his “What’s yer name, kid?” as he signed the ball. All my Grampy could muster was a simple, “My name’s Kenny, Mr. Ruth.” He said he was in awe and almost forgot his own name! I hope these snippets help to give insight into the ball’s history and its personal story.”
The idea that the Babe was fueled entirely by “hot dogs, beer, and women” certainly harkens back to a simpler, if not more simplistic, time…
Next up is this unique find, a 1934 BABE RUTH SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED TEAM BALL BASEBALL LOU GEHRIG YANKEES JSA 6812:
While the seller did not include their own personal story in the description of this unique, signed baseball, the story behind one of the autographs (not Babe Ruth’s) is worth noting:
“Tober “Western League Ball” signed in black fountain pen by the following eight members of the 1934 New York Yankees: Babe Ruth on the sweet spot, rating a 6-7, Lou Gehrig rating a 6-7, Joe McCarthy (Mgr.) Ben Chapman, Don Heffner, Harry Smythe, Floyd Newkirk, and Jimmy DeShong. All of the signatures are fairly uniform, averaging 6-7. Despite the fact that only eight signatures appear on this ball it can be definitively dated to 1934 by the presence of Newkirk’s signature. Pitcher Floyd “Three-Finger” Newkirk was the Yankees’ answer to “Moonlight” Graham. Like Graham, Newkirk’s entire major league career consisted of just one brief appearance. With the Yankees trailing the St. Louis Browns 8-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on August 21, 1934, Joe McCarthy summoned Newkirk from the bullpen to close out the game. Newkirk allowed one hit and one walk, but gave up no runs in his short stint. He never appeared in another major league game. As such, his signature is one of the rarest of all New York Yankees players and one can only imagine the circumstances that occasioned his signature on this ball.”
Imagine your claim to fame is that one time pitching in a MLB game – what a treat! And what a unique item, certainly with a unique story of its own.
Thanks, eBay sellers, for putting up such cool items for sale. And thanks for the stories!