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1947 American Legion starts
 in Missoula, Montana
1947 American Legion starts in Missoula, Montana article

July 1947
July 1947 Babe Ruth newspaper article


  Babe Ruth American Legion Junior Baseball Tour  Facsimile Autograph Photo
 
Babe Ruth Premium Photo
Babe Ruth Premium Photo
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1947-1948
  • MANUFACTURER - American Legion
  • SIZE -  5" x 7"
  • PRICE GUIDE - $100.-$200.
    Excellent - Near Mint condition
    Because of rarity and the lack of a sales history, value is estimated based on past auction and sales of Babe Ruth photos with similar history.

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NOTES:
 
    This extremely rare and previously un-cataloged "Babe Ruth premium photo" can be connected to Ruth's nation-wide American Legion Junior Baseball tour In 1947. The Ford Motor Company sponsored the tournament while dealers supplied uniforms for local teams. Babe Ruth was signed on as a consultant and director of operations. Despite being diagnosed with cancer Ruth traveled more than 40,000 miles for personal appearances in promoting junior Legion ball. His illness forced him to make an occasional stop to the hospital in between cities, where he would speak to the young ballplayers at dinners and luncheons.

 The 5"x7" black & white photo picturing Babe Ruth, has his facsimile autograph in the upper left corner. It was found in "Grandpa's scrapbook" at an estate sale near Missoula. Montana. The back of the photo is dated to 1947. The three-team sectional play-offs of the American Legion Junior baseball tournament started on August 21, 1947, in Billings, Montana. The winner would gain a western berth in the National finals held in Los Angeles. Missoula, Butte, both had American Legion teams, and I-90 runs through both towns which leads to Billings, where the tournament was being held. Babe Ruth was in attendance for the tournament.  

 Grandpa attended the games placing him, and the "Babe" in the same place, where it is assumed that he received the photo. On Babe Ruth day held at Yankees Stadium in April, the Babe was swarmed by Yankee players, asking for his autograph. Ruth accommodated everyone that asked, including Joe DiMaggio. It was written; "Were it not for special protection the Babe would have had his hands full with thousands of fans who wanted his autograph. If permitted, the Babe Would gladly have complied with every wish" Ruth spent 3 weeks in the hospital before the event, when he was reduced from 257 pounds when he entered and left at 192 lbs.

 Signing autographs was an enjoyment for Ruth but his illness would have taken too much out of him during the National tour, and by August the promoters must have quickly had these photos made up to give the ailing Ruth a break from signing autographs. At each stop Babe Ruth would speak to the young ballplayers at dinners and luncheons, and these photos would have been handed out to ease the workload of doing an autograph session afterwards.

 If the photos were used as a premium, connected to a product, there would be more of them in the market, and the promotion would be widely known. The photo would be of better quality, not something that looks like it was quickly put together. All the photos have the same flaws that would have been edited out if it was planned.

 
 
Babe Ruth Premium Photo
Back Of American Legion Junior Baseball Photo Babe Ruth in Billings, Montana watching the western tournament
Back Of American Legion
Junior Baseball Photo
Babe Ruth in Billings, Montana
watching the western tournament

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