An original news photo of Babe Ruth accepting a handshake from Lou Gehrig as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the 1927 World Series is among the headliners for RMY Auctions this month.
The 7 ¾” x 10” photo shows the two Hall of Fame icons at their most dominant. The ’27 Yankees are regarded as perhaps the greatest team of all-time and they’d follow the four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a second straight Series sweep in 1928, beating the Cardinals.
Our Photo of the Day is one of several hundred original images up for bid in RMY’s January auction, which closes on the 18th.
The International News Service shows famed Yankee bat boy Eddie Bennett to the left while Pirates’ catcher Johnny Goosh looks on dejectedly after Ruth’s three-run shot off Mike Cvengros propelled the Yankees to an 8-0 lead on October 7, 1927.
The final score that day at Yankee Stadium was 8-1 and the game took barely two hours to complete.
The 1927 Yankees won 110 games during the regular season, finishing 19 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics and were heavy favorites to win the Series.
Ruth hit .356 and set a record with 60 home runs while driving in 164. Gehrig was no slouch, hitting 373 with 47 home runs and 175 RBI, a total which led all of baseball.
The Type 1 photo has a crease near the umpire’s head and some light general wear but is of high quality overall. A caption, or cutline, is still attached to the back of the photo.
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