Babe Ruth’s debut with the Boston Braves on April 16, 1935 was nothing less than a smash hit. Acquired from the Yankees in the off-season, primarily as a gate attraction, the 40-year-old Bambino crushed a home run and drove in three runs in front of a crowd of more than 25,000 fans, a huge gathering by Braves standards.
The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day shows Ruth doing something else that day—scoring a run after a single by Buck Jordan. The rare image shows Ruth in his familiar number 3, looking back as he adds to a Braves lead.
While the dated caption on the back of the 7×9 image indicates Babe’s run was captured in the first inning, it actually happened in the fifth. Ruth had opened the scoring with his first National League homer in the opening frame, a blast off Carl Hubbell on a day so cold a local band played “Jingle Bells”.
When the game was over, it appeared as if the Braves had pulled off a major coup. Attendance had lagged in 1934 and with The Babe blasting homers, all signs pointed to a fun ride but by mid-year it was obvious 1935 would not be the type of season they had imagined.
Ruth would struggle mightily in the field and at the plate and engage in disputes over promises made by team ownership and manager Bill McKechnie. He retired just a couple of months into the season with his lowest career batting average.
The Acme News photo is one of more than 400 in the January online catalog auction, which closes Sunday night at RMYAuctions.com.