THE BIG ST. LOUIS SLUGGER CRASHES HIS 62ND HOMER IN ONE SEASON
THE HISTORIC FEAT DESCRIBED IN HIS HOME TOWN NEWSPAPER
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 9, 1998
The front page screams the amazing news: “62 JUBILATION.” Huge photograph of McGuire rounding the bases after his record-setting 62nd homer. The sports page is equally good with the banner: “Mac’s the Man.” McGuire becomes the first baseball player to hit more home runs than Roger Maris of the Yankees in 1961. Here is the story of his season, complete with color photographs, details, and commentary.
Complete issue in mint, never-read condition. A true collector’s item that can be enjoyed for many years to come (and not a bad investment either). The best paper to be had!
ST. LOUIS BROWNS SOLD TO BALTIMORE!
The New York Times
September 30, 1953
The St. Louis Browns are purchased by Clarence Miles who brings the team to Baltimore. Front page story is headed: “Baltimore Gets St. Louis Browns As Syndicate Buys Veeck Interest.” The story begins, “The major league baseball map, unchanged for fifty years, underwent its second revision in a little more than six months last night when the American League unanimously approved the transfer of the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore.” (The Boston Braves moving to Milwaukee was the other change) A Sports Page banner headline and lengthy story includes full details of the deal.
In other baseball news, the New York Yankees are 6 to 5 favorites over the Brooklyn Dodgers as the 50th World Series opens today. Large ad for the NBC network, which will televise the series.
Complete issue in fine condition. The absolutely perfect gift for that Orioles fan!
The New York Times
October 4, 1951
Bobby Thompson’sdramatic 9th inning home run off pitcher Ralph Branca, defeats the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant in the final game of a best of 3 playoff series. Front page photo of a grinning Thompson, plus two full pages of the sports section showing all of the famous photographs and a play by play account. The three-column front page heads read: “GIANTS CAPTURE PENNANT, BEATING DODGERS 5-4 IN 9TH ON THOMSON’S 3-RUN HOMER.” “MEET YANKS TODAY.” “Third Baseman’s Clout Sends Giants into the World Series.” The Sports Section contains no fewer than EIGHT dramatic photos from the immortal game, along with more headlines, account of the game and box score.
Here is the complete newspaper in very fine, clean condition. This is THE paper on the Giants victory that every baseball collector wants! Alas,we only have one issue–it’s that scarce.
The New York Times
September 29, 1941
The Sports page of the Times reports:“Batting Mark of .4057 for Williams. STAR GETS SIX HITS AS RED SOX SPLIT. Williams Becomes First Big Leaguer in 11 Years to Bat .400 or Better.”The great slugger of the Boston Red Sox gets six hits in a doubleheader on the final day of the 1941 regular baseball season thus becoming the first player since Bill Terry, in 1930, to hit over .400. Amazingly, no one has reached that high mark in either league since! It’s interesting that Williams, who started the day with a .39955 average, and who went 4 for 5 in the first game of a doubleheader which put him over .400, risked losing that average by playing in the second game! The great competitor, however, went 2 for 3 thus assuring him of this incredible feat.
Also, a report on the upcoming Joe Louis-Lou Nova Heavyweight Championship Fight in New York City with photos of both fighters. And, there is plenty of news on the World War in Europe as the Germans advanced into the Soviet Union against Stalin’s forces.
This is the complete rag paper edition in superb condition and easy to handle without any fear of damage. Only around 90-100 of these non-acidic newspapers were printed by the Times in 1941.
The Boston Post
May 3, 1941
Batting poorly and feeling weak, the New York Yankees “Iron Man”asks to be taken out of the lineup after 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood until Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken broke it in 1996. The Sports Page headlines halfway down boldly announce: “Lou Gehrig Ends “Iron Man” Stunt. Asks to Be Benched Because of Poor Hitting—Had Never Missed a Game Since 1925.” The startling report quotes Gehrig as saying, “I made up my mind Sunday night to ask (Manager Joe) McCarthy to bench me….The consecutive game record always was meaningless to me, and now that I have ended it you newspaper guys will believe me….I hope the arrival of warm weather will enable me to hit my stride.” The report ends, “Today’s development was not a surprise in baseball circles because it had been rumored since the Yankees started spring training that Gehrig was fading both at the plate and in the field. The decline started last season when he batted .295, the only time since 1925 he had fallen below the .300 mark.” Sadly, Gehrig would die just two years later at the age of 38 of the disease eventually named for him.
This is the complete 12-page first section , with all the news, sports, and more, in very fine, clean condition. A superb issue for any serious baseball collection.
The New York Times
December 13, 1937
The Washington Redskins, led by the great passing of their superstar quarterback, Sammy Baugh, defeat the heavily favored Chicago Bears by a score of 28-21. This was the early equivalent to the SuperBowl. The sports page banner headlines announce: “REDSKINS DEFEAT BEARS ON ICY CHICAGO GRIDIRON TO TAKE NATIONAL PRO TITLE.” Two large photos show show back Cliff Battles scoring the first Washington touchdown; another features “Slingin’” Sammy Baugh being tackled after a run. There is complete coverage of the action where footing was absolutely treacherous. “But Baugh pegged passes with either the softness of drifting snow or the fury of a North Pole gale.” This was the very first year for professional football in D.C. as the previous year, the team played in Boston as the Boston Redskins. Imagine winning a “SuperBowl” on the first attempt in a new city!
“THE PANAY INCIDENT” – Front page headline: “U.S. GUNBOAT PANAY IS REPORTED SUNK BY THE JAPANESE.” The Empire of Japan had brutally attacked China and was in the process of assaulting the important city of Nanking (reported in this issue). (After being captured, the Japanese soldiers would go wild in the “Rape of Nanking,” killing, butchering, stealing and raping the helpless Chinese citizens and army personnel who had surrendered.
This is the original and complete 44-page newspaper in fine condition. As a native Washingtonian who has followed the Skins all my life, this is one fascinating newspaper! It’s also quite rare as you might imagine.
The New York Times
October 2, 1932
During Game three of the World Series with the Chicago Cubs, Babe Ruth apparently “points” to a spot in the center field stands and then proceeded to hit a home run in that very area! The Times version of this historic event was different – it published the following report:
“A single lemon rolled out to the plate as Ruth came up in the fifth and in no mistaken motions the Babe notified the crowd that the nature of his retaliation would be a wallop right out of the confines of the park. Root pitched two balls and two strikes, while Ruth signaled with his fingers after each pitch to let the spectators know exactly how the situation stood. Then the mightiest blow of all fell. It was a tremendous smash that tore straight down the center of the field in an enormous arc, came down alongside the flagpole, and disappeared behind the corner formed by the scoreboard and the end of the right field bleachers. The crowd, suddenly unmindful of everything save that it had just witnessed an epic feat, hailed the Babe with a salvo of applause.”
The New York Yankees won the game 7-5, taking a 3-0 lead in the series. Lou Gehrig also hit two home runs. Several great photos including one of Ruth crossing the plate following one of his homers. Huge Sunday edition of the Times with the magazine and rotogravure (picture) sections intact. Condition is browned (normal) with some minor chipping and a touch of archival tape. Very good overall and exceedingly scarce!
A classic sports paper for the finest baseball collection! I doubt I will ever have another for sale.
The New York Times
April 1, 1931
The startling single column headline reads: “KNUTE ROCKNE DIES WITH SEVEN OTHERS IN MAIL PLANE DIVE.”Front page report includes details of the crash as noted by witnesses at the accident site in Kansas. The Times Sports Section contains a full page on the innovative and inspiring football coach with a superb photograph and headlines as: “ROCKNE A PIONEER ON FOOTBALL FIELD,” and “FOOTBALL LEADERS OF COUNTRY PAY TRIBUTE TO KNUTE ROCKNE.” Besides story after story, there is a complete printing of his Notre Dame coaching career with wins and losses for every year.
This is the complete Times newspaper in near mint condition printed on enduring acid-free rag paper back in 1931. Only about 90 such issues were printed in order to ensure the Times issues would not deteriorate like the regular edition. A must for any fine sports collection and certainly for Notre Dame alumni and fans of all ages.
The New York Times
October 10, 1928
Front page single column headlines: “YANKEES WIN SERIES, TAKING FINAL, 7-3; RUTH HITS THREE HOMERS. St. Louis Fans Angry After His Second Homer Makes Great Catch to End Game. BOTTLES THROWN AT RUTH.”
The sports section has the complete account of the game, the box score and a great photo: “Babe Ruth Scoring in the Eighth Inning on His Third Home Run.” There are also large photos of Ruth, Yankees Manager Miller Huggins and winning pitcher, Waite Hoyt. Lou Gehrig also smacks a homer in the completely one-sided series, won by the Yankees in four straight games.
The complete 60-page newspaper in remarkably well-preserved, near mint condition published on enduring “rag paper.” Only around 90 such papers were ever printed back in 1928! A baseball collector’s prize to be sure!
Boston Evening Transcript
October 1, 1927
The single column sports page headlines read: “MANY SIDESHOWS IN MAJOR LEAGUES AS BIG TOP WINDS UP. Heilmann, Ruth and the Waners Stage Side Attractions During Last Days of the Season. BABE RUTH DOES IT. Hits His Sixtieth…” The report of The Babe’s amazing feat reads like the discovery of the wheel! In part, “Ruth Turns Trick. Thirty years ago automobiles were still thought to be too impractical to displace the horse-drawn vehicle. Airplanes were unheard of. And in the same vein sixty homeruns in a major league season was akin to fixing the limit of infinity!”
It would take until 1961 when Yankee Roger Maris hit 61 homers, but in a lengthened Major League season. And, even though Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds have now all hit more (the latter two hitting 70 and 73 HRs respectively), the Babe’s feat in 1927 with the “dead ball” still remains one of the greatest achievements in baseball history.
Complete newspaper in very good condition. Separated at spine probably for microfilming years ago, but in decent shape (came from a flat volume so there is no centerfold wear). Perhaps once in every three-to-five years a Babe Ruth 60th Home Run newspaper of any title is offered. Don’t hesitate on this one as we may never again see another!