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Photo of the Day: Ruth and Ruppert

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It was a momentous year for Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees. 

Babe Ruth Jacob Ruppert photoThe booming franchise moved into a new stadium in the Bronx to hold the mobs of paying customers who couldn’t get enough of the mighty slugger and his teammates as the 1923 season got underway.

Babe Ruth Baseball Magazine 1923 coverToday’s Vintage Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions shows Ruth and team owner Jacob Ruppert sharing a handshake. This is the exact image used by Baseball Magazine for its December 1923 cover.

For Ruth, 1923 was a landmark season.  Entering his prime, The Babe hit a career high .393 with 41 home runs as the Yankees returned to the World Series.  That’s where the big slugger took over.  He hit .368 in the Series, belting three homers, scored eight runs and slugged 1.000 as the Yankees beat the Giants for the first time in three tries.  It was sweet redemption for the pinstripers, who had lost the deciding game of the 1922 series, 1-0.

Issued by International News Service, 7 ½ x 9” Type One photo has been authenticated by PSA/DNA.  It carries the special magazine archive stamp on the back along with notations about the cover and crop marks indicating where the cover would start and end.

The photo is one of hundreds being offered by RMY Auctions this month.  Click here to see the auction and register for bidding.

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