On June 16, 1926, an off-day in between games in St. Louis and Chicago, Ruth's Yankees were slated to play an exhibition contest against the St. Paul Saints...but it was rained out. Still, Babe made the journey more than worthwhile with an inspiring visit to the Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children, where, as seen here, he signed autographs for dozens of disadvantaged boys and girls. A fully intact example of U & U's desirable colored paper captions, in this instance of the green variety, appears on the reverse along with U & U's stamp. A pair of "FILE COPY DO NOT REMOVE" embossed imprints are located on the front—one at Ruth's hair and one on his legs. Pre-approved as Type I by PSA/DNA expert Henry Yee, the 7-1/2 x 10" photo displays a well-preserved central image area with typical peripheral handling wear from newsroom usage. More on our website.
The caption reads, "BABE RUTH ENTERTAINS CRIPPLED CHILDREN / Our photograph shows Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees when he visited the home for crippled children at St. Paul, Minn., where the team was scheduled to play a game with St. Paul Association club. The game however was called on account of rain. Ruth autographed a number of balls and books for the crippled tots and got a great reception on his arrival there."
Also worthy of note is the description of Ruth's 1926 St. Paul trip in author Stew Thornley’s Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History: "Babe Ruth returned to Minnesota with the rest of his regular team, the New York Yankees, for an exhibition game against the Saints at Lexington Park on Wednesday, June 16, 1926. Fans got the chance to watch Ruth launch some long balls in batting practice, although the game was rained out. Earlier in the day, a huge crowd gathered outside the Pioneer Press and Dispatch building in downtown St. Paul, as Ruth hurled autographed baseballs out of one of its windows."