Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
Incredible ORIGINAL one-of-a-kind Press Wire Photos & Memorabilia
ABOUT ORIGINAL PHOTOS & WIRE PHOTOS
From One of the Largest Quality Vintage Original and Wire Photo collections ever
assembled direct from (3) different sportswriters' and their working libraries. Original
Vintage Photos are 'from the period' and are 'FIRST generation' pieces (unless clearly
stated). Wire Photos were extensively used in print media during the first half of the
1900's. Issued by news agencies (such as Acme, NEA, International News, Associated Press,
UPI, Fotogram,) only to the press, these Gorgeous pieces capture a historical moment,
frozen in time, as they were issued on the day the event happened. Unfortunately they were
issued in extremely limited quantities solely for print media industry usage (it is
estimated that there were approximately 25 - 50 of EACH particular photograph made). Over
the years, many were destroyed or lost, and in some cases, there are only 1 or 2 specimens
known to exist today of a particular photograph making these Original, First Generation
Vintage Photographic relics Outstanding Investments. (NOTE: Original Photos or Wire
Photos can be distinguished from contemporary reproduction photographs or
"copies" (which are worthless, many of which you'll see on eBay for a dime a
dozen) by one or more of the following signs: (1) the photographer or news agency stamp
(2) the news print/caption attached on the reverse (and on the obverse for many
post-1950's pieces), (3) age of the photographic paper stock.
1934 Wire Photo BABE RUTH - FINAL Yankee Game
Farewell to the Babe !
An Outstanding ORIGINAL Wire Photo issued by Acme Newspictures on September 30,
1934, the final game of the season and Babe Ruth's LAST game as a member of the New York
Yankees (Ruth was honored at Griffith Stadium earlier that day with gifts he announced his
retirement from baseball. He retired and was convinced to return to the game by Boston
Braves owner Judge Fuchs later in December). The Original Press Stamp, Date and Caption is
on the reverse of this Vintage photo measuring 6" x 8".
When Ruth decided to exit the game and leave the Yankees, it was ugly. Ruth with his
diminishing skills was a fraction of the man he was in his prime. After years of lobbying
for the managerial position with the Yankees and unsuccessfully getting through to the
deaf ears of owner Jacob Ruppert, Ruth had enough. This is an Outstanding photo of a
dejected Ruth with his head down making his exit outside the ballpark. A kid is shown
trying to chase down the Babe but Ruth (who usually accommodates everyone) was in a foul
mood and had no time to pen the lad's baseball. The cop shown is gesturing with his hands
to the kid with a "not-today-son" motion. There is a man in the left foreground
holding a long object wrapped up (possibly Ruth's final bat as a memento, but
that is just an educated guest). The caption folds out neatly from the bottom as seen in
the second scan making this one ideal for framing with the story line showing. Simply a
tremendous image !
1935 Wire Photo BABE RUTH -
"Lonesome Babe" !
DESCRIPTION "Lonely Babe"
Waiting for that Call
One of the most famous images of Ruth taken and issued in 1935 by The Christy
Walsh Syndicate. The image depicts Ruth who has been out of baseball but hopes to return
as a manager, staring out his window in his apartment, hoping for that one opportunity.
Unfortunately for Ruth, the call never came. According to an interview segment on the YES
network with his daughter, Linda Ruth, when the Babe passed away, he died with a sadden
soul and took the grief to his death-bed. His only wish was to lead a team but
unfortunately no club gave him the chance (Fuchs stringed him along in 1935 and Ruth
retired from the game when he realized he was just a side-show for the Braves club. The
Dodgers offered him a coaching spot in 1938, a position he accepted in hopes of heading
the club one day. He quit by the end of July realizing Brooklyn was going in a different
The 8" x 10" photo carries the Christy Walsh stamp on the reverse. The
clarity is first-rate and the contrast is striking. The image itself is the one associated
with Ruth's hopes and dream of managing and has appeared in several books including the
late-Lawrence Ritter's classic "The Babe". This is an Exceptional Ruth
1935 Engraved Cigarette Lighter BABE RUTH Nice !
A scarce and attractive cigarette lighter from
1935 featuring the events that year around the world. In the sports world, Babe Ruth's
retirement from the game was the top story and he is honored here as one of the newsmakers
that year. The lighter measures approx. 2.5" in height and 2-1/4" in diameter
and is made of metal with a leather bottom and bronze-like panel siding featuring (6)
engraved side images of which five commemorates moments that year and the sixth panel
inscribed "Remember 1935". Ruth is shown holding a bat with his famous #3
and the panel is inscribed "Babe Ruth Retires".The lighter is in
excellent condition overall and with some oil and fluid, it would be functional. A
beautiful vintage all-original piece.
Original Photo BABE RUTH & JOE McCARTHY Yankees
An OUTSTANDING Original Vintage 1931 photo depicting Babe Ruth of the New York
Yankees with his New manager, Joseph Vincent McCarthy at spring training. The photo
measures 8" x 10" with some light wear and a corner crease but overall the image
is first-rate on this vintage first generation photograph. McCarthy always had a tough
time taming Ruth. The known fact that Ruth wanted the Yankees job added to the tension
between the two that can be felt in this great shot of the Babe appearing to be biting his
tongue. One of the earliest photos taken of the two Hall of Famers and Yankee legends
meeting for the first time. $895
1929 - Wire photo
with Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey.
This is a beautiful original wire photo that features Babe Ruth and Jack
Dempsey "sparring" for the camera. The photo measures 8-1/8" by
10-1/8" and is in decent condition considering its age. The bottom corners have been
torn and there is some minor creasing as well as some paper loss in the top left corner.
Otherwise, it's a very nice photo to add to any collection! On the back is the original
Pacific & Atlantic Photos wire stamp and the description tag sheet. Discusses their
boxing match for charity. This a rare ORIGINAL wire photo that is unlike any other
photo you'll find
Wire Photo BABE RUTH Yankees showing off bat
An ORIGINAL Wire Photo issued in 1929 by Pacific & Atlantic depicting Babe
Ruth of the New York Yankees showing his bat to young star pitcher of the Cleveland
Indians Wes Ferrell. There is wear around the photo primarily restricted to the borders
and the central image should matte and frame out nicely. The Original Press Stamps are on
the reverse of this photo measuring 8" x 10" with excellent contrast and
Of interesting note is the stamping on the reverse, which helps us trace the
history of it ownership. The photo was used several times and was owned by several news
agencies; from the last days of P&A, and part of Acme Newspictures' archives when the
latter acquired the former in the late 1920's. It then became the property of the United
Press in 1952 when UP acquired Acme and then the property of UPI in 1957 when
International merged with UP. The image is nice but the historical documentation on the
reverse is also neat in its own right !
Wire Photo LOU GEHRIG Batting Action YANKEES
An ORIGINAL Wire Photo issued on March 12, 1929 by International News Photos depicting
Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees slamming one during Spring Training. The Original Press
Stamp, Date and Caption is on the reverse of this Vintage photo measuring 6" x
8". A small chip on the upper border but the image itself is unaffected with superb
contrast and clarity.
Photo BABE RUTH in his APARTMENT Awesome !
Walls of Fame !
An ORIGINAL Wire Photo issued on February 14, 1939 by International News Photos
depicting a terrific view of the King, Babe Ruth in his memorabilia filled castle on West
End Avenue in Manhattan. The Original Press Stamp is on the reverse of this Vintage photo
measuring 8" x 10". Superb contrast, clarity and amazing detail of all those
great pieces on the Babe's walls. A couple of photos of Ruth and Gehrig, original artwork
of the Babe and Yankee Stadium, a large photo of the 1927 Yankees, a photo premium of the
1934 Tour of Japan squad, a Bambino figurine are among some of the great pieces hanging in
the apartment. A great inspirational piece for all you Ruth fanatics trying to build the
ultimate Ruth shrine. We just love this one !
Photo BABE RUTH & JACOB RUPPERT Yankees Owner
An ORIGINAL Wire Photo issued in the 1930's by International News
Photos depicting Babe Ruth and the owner of the New York Yankees, Jacob Ruppert. The
Original Press Stamp is on the reverse of this Vintage photo measuring 7" x 9".
Original editorial markings on the obverse (that can be removed with a damped cloth if
desired) as the photograph was used in publication. Terrific image of the two who duked it
out so often on the negotiations table. The Babe was worth every nickel the Colonel spent.