YANKEES BUY BABE RUTH FROM THE BOSTON RED SOX!
January 6, 1920
In a startling deal that was to have a long-lasting impact on the entire American League, the Boston Red Sox agree to sell George Herman “Babe” Ruth to the New York Yankees for a record price of over $100,000 (and this was in 1920)! The single-column front page headlines announce the story to delighted New York Yankee fans:“YANKEES BUY RUTH AND HOME RUN BAT FOR OVER $100,000.” “Pay Highest Price in History.” “Col. Ruppert Says New York is Carrying Out Policy to Get a Winning Team.” The Times Sports Section continues the amazing announcement with headlines and a superb photo of the new Yankee slugger. And, Ruth himself said he was “not surprised!” The star player stated, “When I made my demand on the Red Sox for $20,000 a year I had an idea they would choose to sell me rather than pay the increase, and I knew the Yankees were the most probable purchasers.”
Undoubtedly, this is one of the most historic sports issues we have ever owned–Babe Ruth’s acquisition by the Yankees reported in a large New York newspaper! 28 pp., complete and in very good condition. An absolute prize for the finest baseball collection!