The Bambino got around.
Even in an era when there were no big league teams west of St. Louis, fans could expect Babe Ruth to turn up anywhere. Fresh documentation of a mid-season trip to St. Paul, MN in 1926 is entering the hobby thanks to the discovery of an old poster in the walls of a nearby home.
The 14x22” poster was used to promote the appearance by Ruth and the Yankees at Lexington Park, home of the St. Paul Saints, during a Yankees off day. However, the exhibition was rained out and fans had to settle for Ruth swatting some long home runs, according to the book Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History by Stew Thornley.
According to the book, earlier that day The Babe had tossed autographed baseballs through the windows of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch, a local newspaper.
Ruth and the Yankees had traveled north from Chicago where they had finished a series against the White Sox at Comiskey Park and would then head south for a series with the St. Louis Browns later that week.
The poster is being sold by Heritage Auctions, which says it was discovered by the consignor during demolition of an old home. Mad of thin cardboard, it shows tack holes and has a small tear, but is the first of its kind to ever be uncovered and brought to the marketplace. Bidding stands at $5,000 with a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 and up. Bidding closes next month.