On April 27, 1947, ballparks nationwide honored the Bambino's legacy, as the ailing hero delivered a heartrending speech at the House That He Built. (Video footage is linked on our website). Although Yankee Stadium's "Babe Ruth Day" was well-documented, it's nearly impossible today to find original photography of this dramatic close-up view (or anything else quite like it). But the offered example is the real deal: a bona-fide Type I showcasing crystal-clear focus on the individual strands of Ruth's thinning hair, the deep lines in his wizened visage, the supple texture of his overcoat, and the "MUTUAL" lettering on the microphone. Pre-approved as Type I by PSA/DNA expert Henry Yee, this very special 7x9 photo is unusually sharp for a published news-service photo, with minimal perimeter crazing/creasing taking nothing away from the EX-MT central image area. More on our website.
Acme's taped-on paper caption reads, "THE BABE AT BAT / A grateful Babe Ruth is overcome by emotion as he addresses the crowd at Yankee Stadium which greeted him with a thunderous ovation at Babe Ruth Day ceremonies."